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Art Therapy in Acute Schizophrenia (KUSS)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 19, 2012
Last Update Posted : October 24, 2014
Prof. K. Dannecker, Kunsttherapie Berlin Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christiane Montag MD, Charite University, Berlin, Germany

Brief Summary:

Randomised, controlled, single-blinded pilot study to assess the efficacy of psychodynamic art therapy in a sample of hospitalized, (sub)acutely psychotic patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia compared to a group of patients receiving treatment as usual.

*Main hypothesis: Art therapy has no impact on clinical symptoms and the course of remission compared to TAU.

*Exploratory hypotheses: Art therapy has no influence on quality of life, mentalizing function, self-efficacy and neuroleptic dosage compared to TAU.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Schizophrenia Behavioral: psychodynamic art therapy Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Art Therapy for Symptom Reduction in Acute Schizophrenia - a Randomised Controlled Trial (Kunsttherapie Zur Symptomreduktion Bei Akuter Schizophrenie - Eine Randomisierte Kontrollierte Pilotstudie)
Study Start Date : August 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Schizophrenia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: art therapy
12 sessions of art therapy / 6 weeks
Behavioral: psychodynamic art therapy
2 sessions à 1.5 hrs /week, intervention duration 6 weeks

No Intervention: TAU
treatment as usual / 6 weeks

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS-) scores [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 6, 12 ]
    assessment of change of schizophrenic positive, negative and general symptom scores

  2. safety measures [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 6, 12 ]
    number of participants with adverse events

  3. Change in Calgary depression Scale (CDS-) scores [ Time Frame: weeks 0, 6, 12 ]
    assessment of change of depressive symptoms in schizophrenic patients as reflected by CDS-scores

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 64 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of schizophrenia according to DSM-IV-TR
  • age 18-64 yrs
  • sufficient German language competency
  • written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • axis-I mental disorders other than schizophrenia
  • comorbid antisocial personality disorder, relevant substance abuse,
  • relevant severe somatic disease
  • acute suicidal tendencies or aggression
  • incapability to tolerate group settings

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01622166

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Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik der Charité im St. Hedwig Krankenhaus
Berlin, Germany, 10115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Prof. K. Dannecker, Kunsttherapie Berlin Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee
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Principal Investigator: Christiane Montag, M.D. Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Christiane Montag MD, Principal Investigator, Charite University, Berlin, Germany Identifier: NCT01622166    
Other Study ID Numbers: EA1/104/11
First Posted: June 19, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 24, 2014
Last Verified: October 2014
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders