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Thought Field Therapy as a Tool for Delivering Relief Services to Survivors of Violent Conflict in Uganda

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Thought Field Therapy Foundation.
Mats Uldal Humanitarian Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Robert Howard Robson, Thought Field Therapy Foundation (UK) Ltd
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01681628
First received: September 2, 2012
Last updated: September 5, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
  Purpose

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a simple technique that involves tapping on points of the body corresponding to the meridians used in acupuncture. By using specific sequences, TFT can be used to treat a variety of psychological problems. Patients can be taught to treat themselves, and lay people can be trained to treat others in their community, as has been shown for narrative exposure therapy.

Thought Field Therapy has been used to treat whole communities who have suffered psychological trauma following natural disasters and violent conflicts. In these circumstances, TFT can be used as a stand-alone therapy, or as an adjunct to other psychological therapies, by removing the pain of re-living the traumatic events.

Studies in Rwanda have shown that individuals within a community can be treated with brief TFT sessions. Both short-term and longer-term improvements in scores of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) measurement scales have been demonstrated.

The Kasese District has suffered from factional conflicts and the consequences of the ongoing struggles in neighbouring countries for many years. Although the government has controlled the situation and secured the borders, many are still haunted by the psychological consequences.

The purpose of the study is to validate the model of addressing widespread psychological trauma following conflict by training community leaders to help others in their community using TFT.

Thirty-six community leaders will be given a two-day training in algorithm level trauma-relief TFT. They will then treat 128 volunteers for their traumas, using TFT, who will be assessed before and after treatment by the post-traumatic stress disorder check-list questionnaire for civilians (PCL-C). As a control, a further 128 volunteers will join a wait-list group, who will be assessed at the same time, but treated later.

PCL-C scores before and after treatment will be compared with the wait-list group scores before and after waiting, but before their treatment.


Condition Intervention
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Behavioral: Thought Field Therapy.

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Thought Field Therapy as a Tool for Delivering Relief Services to Survivors of Violent Conflict in Uganda

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Further study details as provided by Thought Field Therapy Foundation (UK) Ltd:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Post-traumatic stress disorder Check List for Civilians (PLC-C) score. [ Time Frame: Baseline, and one week later. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    In the treatment arm, measure immediately pre-treatment (baseline) and one week later.

    In the wait-list arm, measure at baseline, and after one week (no treatment).



Enrollment: 256
Study Start Date: June 2012
Study Completion Date: July 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Thought Field Therapy
Thought Field Therapy delivered by trained community leaders.
Behavioral: Thought Field Therapy.
Thought Field Therapy is a meridian based therapy, where clients tap on specific parts of their body, according to a particular protocol. This does not obliterate the memory of the trauma, but relieves the associated distress.
Wait list

Delayed intervention.

No intervention prior to assessment after one week (pre-test 2). Then treated with Thought Field Therapy, and re-assessed after a further week (post-test).

Behavioral: Thought Field Therapy.
Thought Field Therapy is a meridian based therapy, where clients tap on specific parts of their body, according to a particular protocol. This does not obliterate the memory of the trauma, but relieves the associated distress.

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  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Volunteers recruited from local communities, who feel that they are suffering from psychological trauma.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Minimum age
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01681628

Locations
Uganda
St Augustine's Catechist Training Centre, PO Box 155
Kasese, Uganda
Sponsors and Collaborators
Thought Field Therapy Foundation (UK) Ltd
Thought Field Therapy Foundation.
Mats Uldal Humanitarian Foundation
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert H Robson, MA MB BChir Thought Field Therapy Foundation (UK) Ltd
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
Connolly S, Sakai C. Brief trauma intervention with Rwandan genocide survivors, using Thought Field Therapy. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health 13(3): 161-172, 2012.

Responsible Party: Robert Howard Robson, Dr Robert Howard Robson, Thought Field Therapy Foundation (UK) Ltd
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01681628     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Uganda2012
Study First Received: September 2, 2012
Last Updated: September 5, 2012
Health Authority: Uganda: National Council for Science and Technology

Keywords provided by Thought Field Therapy Foundation (UK) Ltd:
Thought Field Therapy.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Post-traumatic stress disorder check list for Civilians.
Uganda
Ugandan therapists.
Community treatment.

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders

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