This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
Treatment impact of killing cbt treatment
Sponsor University of California, San Francisco
Collaborator Department of Veterans Affairs
Start date October 2011
End date January 2013
Trial size 8 participants
Trial identifier NCT01406834, 11-06004


The goal of this project is to test the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a treatment module addressing the mental health and functional impact of killing in the war zone.

The investigators will enroll between 12-20 Veterans who have killed in war and have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for a pilot study assessing the efficacy of the six-session treatment. Veterans will be randomized either to the treatment or to the waitlist control group.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case control
Time perspective prospective

Primary Outcomes

Change in psychological symptoms as measured by the Symptom Checklist-90 (SCL-90-R)
time frame: Measured at baseline and study completion (week 7)

Secondary Outcomes

Change in killing-related maladaptive cognitions as measured by the Killing Cognitions Scale (KCS)
time frame: Measured at baseline and study completion (week 7)

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of PTSD - Veteran will need to endorse having taken another life in a war zone context - Have received some prior evidence-based treatment for PTSD Exclusion Criteria: - Meet current or lifetime criteria for a psychotic disorder - Participants in current PTSD treatment will not be excluded;however,if receiving medications they will need to be stabilized on current medications for at least one month. - If receiving Prolonged Exposure Therapy or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, individuals will need to wait two weeks after they have completed the treatment to enroll in the study.

Additional Information

Official title Treatment for the Mental Health Impact of Killing in War: Augmentation of Existing Evidence-Based Mental Health Interventions
Principal investigator Shira Maguen, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of California, San Francisco.