Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder by Trained Lay Counsellors in an African Refugee Settlement

U

University of Konstanz

Status and phase

Completed
Phase 3

Conditions

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Treatments

Behavioral: Narrative Exposure Therapy
Behavioral: Trauma Counselling

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00550056
NeEl-Ug-01

Details and patient eligibility

About

The study is a pragmatic trial to study the efficacy of two active methods of psychotherapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in a refugee camp in Africa. Treatment was administered by lay counsellors.

Full description

Traumatic stress due to conflict and war causes major mental health problems in many resource-poor countries, especially those coping with displaced populations. There is a lack of intervention research in these populations. Te purpose of this study was to examine whether trained lay counsellors can carry out effective treatment of PTSD in a refugee settlement.

Enrollment

277 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder

Exclusion criteria

  • Drug abuse
  • Psychosis
  • Mental retardation

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

277 participants in 3 patient groups

1
Experimental group
Description:
NET
Treatment:
Behavioral: Narrative Exposure Therapy
2
Experimental group
Description:
TC
Treatment:
Behavioral: Trauma Counselling
3
No Intervention group
Description:
Monitoring Group

Trial contacts and locations

1

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