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Evaluation of a Yoga Intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

2014-08-27 03:19:55 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The main objective of this study is to establish efficacy and feasibility of a yoga-based treatment for PTSD in military veterans. Secondary objectives are to evaluate PTSD characteristics that may also be improved with the treatment and acceptability and compliance with the treatment.

Description

Specific Aims:

1. To evaluate the hypothesis that a 10-week yoga-based intervention will reduce PTSD severity to a statistically and clinically significant degree relative to a pretreatment baseline evaluation.

2. To evaluate the hypothesis that PTSD patients will show improvement in regulation of physiological arousal in the autonomic nervous system relative to pretreatment.

3. To evaluate that hypothesis that symptoms associated with PTSD such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and quality of life will also be improved.

4. To evaluate the hypothesis that military veterans with PTSD can be successfully recruited into a yoga intervention study and will find the intervention acceptable and tolerable and will exhibit high compliance.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Intervention

Yoga treatment

Location

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02215

Status

Recruiting

Source

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:55-0400

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