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This research study is designed to investigate the effects of a simple cognitive task (a memory cue following by playing the computer game "Tetris") on intrusive memories ("flashbacks") and other symptoms after a traumatic event. Patients presenting to a hospital emergency department soon after a traumatic event will be randomly allocated to either the simple cognitive task intervention or control. Participants will be followed up at one week and one month, and where possible 3 and 6 months. It is predicted that participants given the simple cognitive task intervention will develop fewer intrusive memories and less severe related clinical symptoms than those who are not. This will inform the future development of a simple technique to prevent distressing psychological symptoms after a traumatic event. Implementation and training aspects in a hospital context will also be explored. Patients use their smartphone for part of the intervention in the study.
This is a Randomised Controlled Trial informed by prior feasibility and pilot work (ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT03509792). The primary outcome is the number of intrusive memories of the traumatic event (week 5). The intervention is delivered in emergency departments of Swedish hospitals.
Simple cognitive task, Attention placebo
Emergency Departments (e.g. FO Akut, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge)
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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-12-10T01:21:19-0500
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