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Can Psychotherapy Reduce Sickness Absence?

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01181635
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 13, 2010
Last Update Posted : August 9, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to examine if psychotherapy can reduce sickness absence.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Mental Disorders Behavioral: Psychotherapy Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Sickness absence due to psychiatric problems is considered a growing problem in Norway. Little research is done to examine if psychotherapy can reduce sickness absence. Since 2007 there is a government sponsored program in Norway (Raskere tilbake) aimed at reducing sickness absence. This study examines if psychotherapy within this program, delivered at an out-patient clinic, actually reduces sickness absence. Levels of absenteeism is measured before, after and 6 months after treatment. This is a quasi-experimental study, where the treatment-group will be compared with a statistical group in the general population, that is socio-demographical similar and has similar history of sickness absence but haven't been to treatment. Changes in levels of symptoms and quality of life will also be measured. The participants will be asked to describe their working environment, and this will be related to outcome-measures.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 400 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Can Psychotherapy Reduce Sickness Absence?
Study Start Date : August 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2022

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MedlinePlus related topics: Mental Disorders

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Psychotherapy
Short-term pychotherapy and/or psychoeduchative courses.
Behavioral: Psychotherapy
Standard psychotherapy for psychiatric disorders.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sickness absence [ Time Frame: Before, after and 6 months after treatment. ]
    Present status (working or sick).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Psychiatric symptoms [ Time Frame: Before, after and 6 months after treatment. ]

  2. Quality of life (QALY) [ Time Frame: Before, after and 6 months after treatment. ]
    15 D

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients receiving psychotherapy at Lovisenberg DPS/Raskere Tilbake

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01181635

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Lovisenberg diakonale sykehus, Lovisenberg DPS
Oslo, Norway, 0440
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
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Study Director: Bjørn Lau, phd Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital Identifier: NCT01181635    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010/494 (REK)
First Posted: August 13, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 9, 2019
Last Verified: April 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Mental Disorders