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Peer Intervention for Psychological Distress in Rural Women Veterans(EMBER Trial)

Waitlist Available
Led By Ellen Poleshuck, PhD
Research Sponsored by Syracuse VA Medical Center
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Psychological distress in the past 6 months as evidenced by a diagnosis in the electronic health record or elevated score on the PHQ-9, GAD-7 and/or PCL
Be older than 18 years old
Must not have
Be younger than 18 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up6 months (post-intervention) and 9 months (3 months post-intervention)
Awards & highlights
No Placebo-Only Group

EMBER Trial Summary

This trial will help researchers understand how to better provide mental health care and social resources to rural veteran women, especially those of color, who are in distress and have unmet needs.

Eligible Conditions
  • Psychological Distress
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety

EMBER Trial Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You will be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
You have experienced emotional distress in the past 6 months, as determined by a medical diagnosis or high scores on questionnaires measuring symptoms like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress.

EMBER Trial Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~6 months (post-intervention) and 9 months (3 months post-intervention)
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 6 months (post-intervention) and 9 months (3 months post-intervention) 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 actual engagement with social resource services and mental health treatment
Change in perceived access to social resource services and mental health treatment
Secondary outcome measures
Change in Perception of Quality of Life
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Change in anxiety symptoms
+7 more
Other outcome measures
Autonomy Support
Perceived Confidence
Therapeutic alliance

Awards & Highlights

No Placebo-Only Group
All patients enrolled in this study will receive some form of active treatment.

EMBER Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Personalized Support for Progress (PSP)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
PSP includes an initial 60-minute video or phone appointment and then follow-up tailored to the Veteran's preferences. The Peer Specialist guides the Veteran through a card-sorting task to prioritize concerns and then create a personalized care plan. The Peer then provides up to six months of outreach and support to implement the care plan. At the end of the six months, the Veteran and peer review the plan, determine next steps and consider other supports and resources to sustain progress made.
Group II: Tailored Referral (TR)Active Control1 Intervention
The Tailored Referral (TR) comparator will be comprised of written or emailed information describing resources and contact information for VHA and local social and mental health resources. Examples include information about the appropriate office/person to reach within the local VA or area, help scheduling an appointment, or information for a same-day Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) assessment.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Syracuse VA Medical CenterLead Sponsor
13 Previous Clinical Trials
1,097 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Psychological Distress
37 Patients Enrolled for Psychological Distress
US Department of Veterans AffairsFED
865 Previous Clinical Trials
479,627 Total Patients Enrolled
Ellen Poleshuck, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorSyracuse VA Medical Center
2 Previous Clinical Trials
283 Total Patients Enrolled

Media Library

Personalized Support for Progress (PSP) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05477706 — N/A
Psychological Distress Research Study Groups: Tailored Referral (TR), Personalized Support for Progress (PSP)
Psychological Distress Clinical Trial 2023: Personalized Support for Progress (PSP) Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05477706 — N/A
Personalized Support for Progress (PSP) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05477706 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Are there any openings for volunteers to be part of this clinical research?

"According to clinicaltrials.gov, this particular trial is not taking on any additional participants at the moment, although it was initially posted in October 2021 and most recently updated 25th July 2022. There are 1,642 other research studies that are currently open for enrolment though."

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What is the principal goal of this medical experiment?

"The primary aim of this experiment, which will be assessed at Baseline, 6 Months (post-intervention) and 9 Months (3 months post-intervention), is to evaluate the alteration in engagement with social resource services and mental health treatment. Secondary outcomes encompass a transformation in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms via the use of the PTSD Checklist (PCL-5). A score over 31 implies an affirmative screening for PTSD; an adapted version of the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) will assess Veteran perceived progression on needs; finally, Brief Inventory of Psychosocial Functioning (B-IPF"

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Who else is applying?

What state do they live in?
What portion of applicants met pre-screening criteria?
Met criteria
Recent research and studies
~3 spots leftby Jan 2024