Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Trauma-affected Refugees

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Mental Health Services in the Capital Region, Denmark

Status

Completed

Conditions

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Treatments

Other: Neurofeedback

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT05055037
NF

Details and patient eligibility

About

Neurofeedback (NF) is a form of treatment that can assist individuals in learning to control their brain wave activity. NF-studies have shown promising results in reducing PSTD-symptoms among military veterans, but there are no published peer-reviewed studies with refugees. However, preliminary studies from Malmö and Sydney indicate that refugees could benefit from NF. Therefore, at the Competence Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry (CTP) a longitudinal feasibility study, testing NF for trauma-affected was started. The study contains both a quantitative and a qualitative substudy. In in the quantitative substudy, where a total of 32 participants have been included, the aim was to evaluate the feasibility of NF with trauma affected refugees using a quantitative perspective. The NF intervention offered was 12 training sessions of 12-20 minutes NF, and the outcome measures were self-administered questionnaires and semi-structured interviews collected before and after the intervention. In a subsample of eight participants of those included in the quantitative substudy, qualitative in-depth interviews were carried out. The participants were offered two interviews; one before the first NF training and one during the treatment course. The aim of the qualitative substudy was to evaluate the feasibility of NF with trauma-affected refugees by examining the participants' thoughts and expectations prior to participating in NF treatment as well as their experience with the treatment after a few sessions.

Enrollment

32 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Refugee or a person who had been family reunified with a refugee
  • Diagnosed with PTSD (ICD-10 diagnosis F43.1) and experienced a psychological trauma in another country than Denmark.
  • Informed consent.

Exclusion criteria

  • Current abuse of drug or alcohol (F1x.24-F1x.26)
  • Diagnosed with a severe psychotic disorder (F2x) or a manic disorder (F30.1-F31.9).
  • No informed consent.

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