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Behavioural Intervention

Service Dogs for PTSD

Waitlist Available
Research Sponsored by University of Arizona
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Diagnosis of PTSD
Be older than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 12 months
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This trial aims to understand how and why service dogs are effective in helping military Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans with PTSD often also have other mental health issues, making treatment challenging

Who is the study for?
This trial is for military veterans with PTSD who have been honorably discharged or are currently serving honorably. They must be approved to receive a psychiatric service dog and have no convictions of crimes against animals.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study tests the long-term effectiveness of PTSD service dogs on veterans' symptoms and psychosocial functioning. It's a two-arm randomized clinical trial with assessments over 15 months to see how well these dogs help.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial involves service dogs, traditional medical side effects aren't expected. However, participants may experience emotional or psychological impacts from bonding with an animal as part of therapy.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
I have been diagnosed with PTSD.


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~12 months
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 12 months for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
PTSD Severity and symptoms via self-report
Secondary outcome measures
PTSD Severity and symptoms via blinded clinician rating

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: PTSD Service DogExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Group II: Usual CareActive Control1 Intervention

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Who is running the clinical trial?

University of ArizonaLead Sponsor
518 Previous Clinical Trials
148,459 Total Patients Enrolled
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)NIH
1,988 Previous Clinical Trials
2,683,273 Total Patients Enrolled
~167 spots leftby Aug 2028