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Examining an Emergency Room Intervention for the Prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2010 by Hadassah Medical Organization.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
First Posted : July 14, 2010
Last Update Posted : July 14, 2010
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Hadassah Medical Organization

Brief Summary:
PTSD is a common and distressing possible outcome following exposure to a traumatic event. Recent studies show that memory processes may be central to the development of the disorder, and interrupting the consolidation of traumatic memories may prevent the disorder from developing. Specifically the use of a visual spatial task has been shown to reduce a key characteristic of PTSD, intrusions, in non-clinical populations. This study aims to administer a visual spatial task to recent trauma survivors in the Emergency Room, and compare PTSD and symptoms development in these patients as compared to a control group who did not carry out the task. The study hypothesizes that the task will result in less PTSD, lower levels of intrusions, dissociation and pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Other: Computer game Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Interrupting Traumatic Memories: An Emergency Room Intervention for the Prevention of PTSD
Study Start Date : November 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2011

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Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: No intervention
Subjects will be assessed, but no active intervention given
Experimental: Computer game
Subjects will play with computer game while in the Emergency Room
Other: Computer game
Playing with specially designed computer game while in emergency room

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. PTSD symptoms [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    PTSD status and symptoms as measured by the PSS

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18-65,
  • no loss of consciousness,
  • ability to understand study procedures and give informed consent,
  • Hebrew as first language,
  • experienced a potentially traumatic event as defined in DSM (objective danger and subjective feeling of fear).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current or past psychiatric treatment,
  • current or past PTSD.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01162044

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Contact: Sara A Freedman, PhD 972544704636

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Hadassah Medical Center
Jerusalem, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
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Principal Investigator: Rena Cooper, MD Hadassah Medical Organization
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Responsible Party: Dr Rena Cooper,, Hadassah Medical Center Identifier: NCT01162044    
Other Study ID Numbers: ER-PTSD-HMO-CTIL
First Posted: July 14, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 14, 2010
Last Verified: July 2010
Keywords provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mental Disorders