Accession Number : AD1000969


Title :   A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Meditation Compared to Exposure Therapy and Education Control on PTSD in Veterans


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,30 Sep 2014,29 Sep 2015


Corporate Author : Maharishi University of Management Research Institute Maharishi Vedic United States


Personal Author(s) : Nidich,Sanford ; Rutledge,Thomas


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1000969.pdf


Report Date : 01 Oct 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 20


Abstract : This single-blinded, RCT will: 1) evaluate effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) vs. Prolonged Exposure (PE) and PTSD health education control (EC), using the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) (primary outcome); 2) evaluate effects of TM vs. controls on PTSD symptoms (PCL-M), depressive symptoms and other psychological distress measures, quality of life, and physiological/biochemical stress markers; and 3) evaluate treatment compliance. The study will enroll 210 subjects (70 per group). The VA San Diego is the field site with testing conducted at 0 and 3 months The research will provide data on the feasibility and efficacy of TM as an alternative therapy for PTSD. Our collaborative group (Maharishi University of Management Research Institute, VA San Diego Healthcare System, University of California at San Diego) has made excellent progress. We are currently on target for randomization, with 157 subjects randomized (target of 162) and have good treatment compliance, with over 70% treatment sessions attended. Post-testing compliance is greater than 80%.


Descriptors :   POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER , STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY) , THERAPY , EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY , clinical trials , VETERANS(MILITARY PERSONNEL)


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE