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Boston, Massachusetts 02114


This study will develop a treatment for firefighters experiencing symptoms of acute stress disorder (ASD). Effective treatments may reduce immediate symptoms and prevent the development of more chronic conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Study summary:

Exposure to traumatic events has reached unprecedented proportions in American society, and the rates of PTSD have risen significantly, particularly among populations with repetitive exposure to critical incidents. The continued threat of attacks against Americans warrants development of preventive interventions to reduce the occurrence of PTSD and its precursor, ASD. This study will determine the effectiveness of a preventive treatment in urban firefighters who have experienced a traumatic event. Firefighters will undergo an initial assessment that will include an interview and self-report questionnaires to measure depression, anxiety, coping skills, social support, physical health, and work functioning. Following the occurrence of a traumatic work-related event, firefighters will be reassessed. The post-incident assessment will consist of self-report questionnaires that assess ASD symptoms. Participants who display ASD symptoms will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: the first group will learn cognitive behavioral strategies for symptom reduction, and the second group will receive psychoeducation regarding common reactions to traumatic events. Participants' treatment will last for 12 weeks. Participants will have follow-up assessments 1 and 3 months after the interventional part of the study. Assessments will include clinical scales and interviews.


Inclusion Criteria: - Currently an active duty, nonofficer member of a Boston area fire department - Willing and able to comply with all study requirements Exclusion Criteria: - Pregnancy or plan to become pregnant during the study - Plan to relocate within 2 months of study entry - Psychotic symptoms within 30 days prior to study entry - Experiencing severe depression at study entry OR having suicidal thoughts within 30 days prior to study entry - Evidence of severe organic impairment that would interfere with participation in the study - Current alcohol or substance dependence - Currently awaiting outcome of a court case involving exposure to traumatic events through the fire department



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Rose T. Zimering, PhD
Boston Veterans Healthcare System

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Location Contact:

Boston, Massachusetts 02114
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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