This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition ptsd
Treatment service dogs
Sponsor VA Office of Research and Development
Start date July 2011
End date January 2017
Trial size 62 participants
Trial identifier NCT01329341, D8094-I


The purpose of this study is to evaluate use of service dogs for individuals who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Objectives include: (1) assess the impact service dogs have on the mental health and quality of life of Veterans; (2) to provide recommendations to the VA to serve as guidance in providing service dogs to Veterans; and (3) To determine cost associated with total health care utilization and mental health care utilization among Veterans with PTSD.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Intervention model single group assignment
Primary purpose other
Masking no masking
Service Dogs
service dogs
Service dogs will be trained to help Veterans with PTSD

Primary Outcomes

Mental Health Outcomes
time frame: 3,6,9,12,18 and 24 months after receipt of service dog

Eligibility Criteria

All participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age greater than or equal to 18 years - Referral from provider. - PTSD diagnosis - In active treatment for PTSD for at least three months at time of enrollment, with plans to remain in active treatment - Acceptance by the dog vendor for the service dog - Ability to adequately care for a dog - physically/financially - Living in Florida - Able to travel to vendor for pairing with dog Exclusion Criteria: - Been hospitalized for mental health reasons in the prior 6 months - Not living at the same residence for 6 months. - Diagnoses: Psychoses, Delusions, dementia, active alcohol/substance dependence. Moderate to severe TBI. Any other diagnosis deemed by PI to limit ability to participate or give informed consent - At time of enrollment - Active suicidal ideation, homicide, cognitive disabilities that would preclude safety of animal and ability needed for participation in the study. - Children under age 10 living in the home

Additional Information

Official title Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Principal investigator Stephanie McGovern, RN
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by VA Office of Research and Development.