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Traditional African Healing Ceremony in a U.S. Population

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 10, 2013
Last Update Posted : November 2, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Duke University

Brief Summary:
Pre-agricultural societies almost universally used healing ceremonies that involved reverence, rhythm and dance in the presence of a healer. It is believed that we are "wired" for such experiences and they foster an integrative mode of consciousness similar to that of mindfulness based stress reduction, which has been shown to have therapeutic effects in a variety of conditions. Collaborator Ava Lavonne Vinesett of the Duke Dance Program has developed a healing ceremony based in sub-Saharan African traditions. The investigators plan is to have 25 subjects with a variety of clinical conditions participate in this ceremony. Subjects will then be asked to write a commentary about their experience and to participate in a focus group discussion. It is anticipated that the study will give us some idea of how promising this approach would be and what kinds of patients might benefit. Safety issues are minimal and include the possibility of injury (though the dancing is not strenuous) and psychological distress.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Anxiety Depression Cancer Behavioral: Movement to rhythm Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 17 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Traditional African Healing Ceremony in a U.S. Population
Study Start Date : May 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2014

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Movement with rhythm
Subjects will move for 1 hour in time to the Congolese rhythm called Zebola.
Behavioral: Movement to rhythm
Movement to rhythm

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Report from each participant as to whether they found the experience positive, neutral or negative. [ Time Frame: During the first hour after the intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. written narrative of experience [ Time Frame: During the first hour after the intervention ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Encounter group discussion [ Time Frame: During the first hour after the intervention ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 25 to 65 with one of the diagnoses listed above or with 8 visits to their provider in the last year and with no diagnosis of chronic illness.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • physical disability making participation difficult and previous experience with a similar ceremony, for instance while growing up in Africa.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01873482

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United States, North Carolina
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
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Principal Investigator: Kenneth Wilson, MD Duke University
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Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT01873482    
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00042492
First Posted: June 10, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 2, 2014
Last Verified: October 2014
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic
Virus Diseases
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases