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Acupuncture for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

N/A
Waitlist Available
Led By Michael Hollifield, MD
Research Sponsored by Southern California Institute for Research and Education
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Be between 18 and 65 years old
Timeline
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 4 months: baseline caps to post treatment
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Summary

This study is evaluating whether acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for combat veterans with PTSD.

Eligible Conditions
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Acupuncture

Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~4 months: baseline caps to post treatment
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 4 months: baseline caps to post treatment for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Change in Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5) PTSD Diagnosis

Side effects data

From 2013 Phase 1 & 2 trial • 104 Patients • NCT01305811
2%
Serious unexpected
2%
Pain on needling
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
Study treatment Arm
Bi-Weekly Acupuncture
Wait List

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Placebo Group
Group I: Verum AcupunctureExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Patients will receive verum acupuncture twice weekly for twelve weeks.
Group II: Sham Placebo AcupuncturePlacebo Group1 Intervention
Patients will receive sham placebo acupuncture twice weekly for twelve weeks.
Treatment
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Acupuncture
2011
Completed Phase 3
~1240

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Who is running the clinical trial?

VA Office of Research and DevelopmentFED
1,628 Previous Clinical Trials
3,325,889 Total Patients Enrolled
Southern California Institute for Research and EducationLead Sponsor
26 Previous Clinical Trials
1,694 Total Patients Enrolled
Michael Hollifield, MDPrincipal Investigator - Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center
Southern California Institute for Research and Education
2 Previous Clinical Trials
452 Total Patients Enrolled
~13 spots leftby Jul 2025