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San Diego, California 92161


With ongoing war in Iraq, the incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans is increasing. Creation, implementation, and testing of new and innovative interventions are needed to provide additional options for enhancing the mental health of those with PTSD. Surveys indicate that veterans are interested in complementary approaches to health care. The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of the Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) delivered as a brief, 6-week, complementary and portable intervention. It includes frequent, silent repetitions of a mantram (mantra), a word or phrase with spiritual associations, to manage PTSD symptoms and improve quality of life military veterans with trauma.

Study summary:

The Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) is an innovative, portable meditation-based group intervention. In this study, the MRP was delivered in addition to usual care (defined as case management and medication) in a 6-week (90 minutes/week) group setting. The MRP was compared to usual care only. This 4-year study employed a mixed-methods, prospective, randomized controlled trial with qualitative phone interviews at 3 months post-intervention to explore ways that the intervention was used. Outpatient Veterans (N=146) with military-related PTSD were recruited from a single VA site and randomly assigned to the experimental arm (n=71) which consisted of usual care and the mantram program versus usual care only control group (n=76). Outcome measures included the PTSD Checklist (PCL), Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS), Brief Symptom Inventory-18, SF-12 Health Survey, Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Existential Spirituality Scale (FACIT-Sp) and the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS).


Inclusion Criteria: - Primary diagnosis of PTSD, military related - Read and write English - Score of > 50 on PTSD Checklist - Has a telephone with answering machine or voice mail to receive study messages - Has a Case Manager assigned for usual care - Willingness to track medications, relaxation techniques and number of case manager visit Exclusion Criteria: - Cognitive impairment including active psychosis, untreated bipolar disorder, dementia or personality disorder that interferes with group participation - Presence of active, serious suicidal ideation



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Principal Investigator
Jill E. Bormann, PhD RN
San Diego Veterans Healthcare System

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San Diego, California 92161
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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