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

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2014,29 Sep 2015

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Maharishi University of Management Research Institute Maharishi Vedic United States

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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 physiologicalbiochemical 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.

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