This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition posttraumatic stress disorder
Treatment attentional bias retraining
Sponsor VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Start date May 2012
End date December 2012
Trial size 30 participants
Trial identifier NCT02041572, 2012-05/MM/PROMISE 0001


The study has two goals. First to develop a computer-based intervention meant to alter cognitive biases that contribute to ongoing PTSD symptoms. Second, we sought to pilot test the intervention in a small sample of veterans for feasibility and acceptability.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Each participant receives 12 sessions. The first three sessions are baseline (assessment only) sessions. The last four sessions must be treatment sessions. The attentional bias intervention starts randomly on sessions 4 - 8, and continues until the end of the 12 sessions.
attentional bias retraining
Participants complete a computer-based intervention, which is designed to correct cognitive biases associated with PTSD by training to attend to neutral information rather than the trauma-related cue words.

Primary Outcomes

Post-traumatic Checklist - Military version (PCL-M)
time frame: Change from Baseline and Post-treatment (1 month after last training session)

Secondary Outcomes

Attentional bias scores
time frame: Change from Baseline and Post-treatment (1 month after last training session)

Eligibility Criteria

Male participants from 18 years up to 89 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Participated in ground combat operations in Vietnam - Scored 40 - 80 on PTSD Checklist - Military version - Availability and willingness to attend 2x weekly computer sessions for 6 weeks Exclusion Criteria: - Active substance dependence - Significant cognitive impairment - Current and active suicidal or homicidal ideation

Additional Information

Official title Attentional Bias Retraining in Veterans
Principal investigator Margaret-Anne Mackintosh, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by VA Pacific Islands Health Care System.