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Strength and Awareness in Action

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: NCT01717547
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 30, 2012
Last Update Posted : November 2, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lisa Brenner, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date  ICMJE August 29, 2012
First Posted Date  ICMJE October 30, 2012
Last Update Posted Date November 2, 2018
Actual Study Start Date  ICMJE June 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date December 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Current Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: October 25, 2012)
Change in Psychological Distress [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to approximately 8 weeks ]
Change in OQ 45 Scores pre and post intervention
Original Primary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Change History Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01717547 on Archive Site
Current Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE
 (submitted: October 25, 2012)
Change in Acceptability [ Time Frame: Change in baseline up to 8 weeks post ]
To assess participant satisfaction post-intervention using the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire
Original Secondary Outcome Measures  ICMJE Same as current
Current Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Original Other Pre-specified Outcome Measures Not Provided
Descriptive Information
Brief Title  ICMJE Strength and Awareness in Action
Official Title  ICMJE Strength and Awareness in Action
Brief Summary The aims of this research study are to 1) assess the acceptability and feasibility of conducting a yoga-based intervention for Veterans receiving care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and 2) obtain preliminary data regarding the effect of the intervention on Veteran's mental health.
Detailed Description Since October of 2001, approximately over 2 million troops have been deployed in the Global War on Terror. Many service members are returning with both physical injuries and mental health conditions. High rates of both post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and associated symptoms have been noted. It has been estimated that approximately 18-20% of returning service members meet criteria for PTSD and that 11-23% of veterans have a history of mTBI. It has been well established in the research literature that these two conditions frequently co-occur. While there is a dearth of evidence-based treatment for co-occurring PTSD and mTBI, it has been suggested that best practices entail treating presenting symptoms (hyperarousal, hypo-arousal, emotional reactivity, irritability, depression, anxiety, concentration problems) regardless of etiology. Yoga may be particularly well-suited to treating returning servicemen as data suggests that core symptoms that develop with a history of trauma exposure (e.g: hyperarousal; hypoarousal; emotional reactivity; anxiety, irritability), are physiologically based, somatically experienced and often not amenable to change through talking alone. In addition, yoga may assist with dysregulation often associated with mental health and physical conditions, and facilitate the development of mindfulness skills. Research suggests that that moment-to-moment awareness of present experience may decrease emotional reactivity and anxiety, and increase the capacity for self-regulation. Mindfulness skills have also been associated with: building resilience in the midst of stress; allowing one to better cope with physical discomfort; decreasing anxiety and depression; decreasing reactivity. All of these areas are relevant to improving the health and well-being of Veterans.
Study Type  ICMJE Interventional
Study Phase  ICMJE Not Applicable
Study Design  ICMJE Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition  ICMJE Stress Disorders
Intervention  ICMJE Behavioral: Yoga-based treatment
Study Arms  ICMJE Experimental: Yoga
Yoga-based treatment - manualized group treatment - classes will be held twice per week for approximately 85 minutes for a period of eight weeks.
Intervention: Behavioral: Yoga-based treatment
Publications * Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Recruitment Information
Recruitment Status  ICMJE Completed
Actual Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: May 12, 2017)
Original Estimated Enrollment  ICMJE
 (submitted: October 25, 2012)
Actual Study Completion Date  ICMJE December 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date December 2014   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eligibility Criteria  ICMJE

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Veterans receiving care by a primary care provider at DVAMC
  • Between the ages of 18 and 50
  • Able to provide informed consent
  • Able to adequately answer comprehension questions
  • Documented VA primary care provider medical clearance to participate in the study as noted on the medical clearance form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Veterans younger than 18, or older than 50 years of age
  • Inability to provide informed consent
  • Inability to answer comprehension questions
  • Meet criteria for active substance dependence, excluding Cannabis dependence as determined by clinical interview
  • Identification of active psychosis as determined by clinical interview
  • Documentation on the medical clearance form by VA primary care provider which suggests barriers to Veteran participation
  • Veterans whom have sustained an amputation and/or whom have limited physical mobility as documented by the VA primary care provider
  • Veterans already participating in an ongoing yoga practice of up to two times weekly
Sex/Gender  ICMJE
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Ages  ICMJE 18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers  ICMJE Yes
Contacts  ICMJE Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Listed Location Countries  ICMJE United States
Removed Location Countries  
Administrative Information
NCT Number  ICMJE NCT01717547
Other Study ID Numbers  ICMJE 12-0641
Has Data Monitoring Committee No
U.S. FDA-regulated Product Not Provided
IPD Sharing Statement  ICMJE Not Provided
Responsible Party Lisa Brenner, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Study Sponsor  ICMJE VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Collaborators  ICMJE Not Provided
Investigators  ICMJE
Principal Investigator: Lisa Brenner, PhD VA ECHCS
PRS Account VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Verification Date October 2018

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP