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Couples-Based Therapy for Reducing Veteran Suicide Risk (BRC RCT Trial)

Led By Dev J Crasta
Research Sponsored by VA Office of Research and Development
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
BOTH PARTNERS must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English and cognitive capacity to understand the study through comprehension of consent questions
BOTH PARTNERS must be age 18 or over
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 180 day period after post-treatment session (1.5 months after randomization)
Awards & highlights

BRC RCT Trial Summary

This trial is testing whether a couples-based therapy program can help improve relationship health for Veterans with mental health concerns, compared to the standard individual-based therapy program.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for couples where at least one partner is a Veteran enrolled in the VHA, experiencing mild relationship distress and mental health concerns like depression or PTSD. Both must be over 18, have been in a committed relationship for at least six months, speak English well enough to understand the study, and not be hospitalized for suicidal intent or engaged in ongoing couple therapy.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study compares two programs: Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC), a three-session couple-based program aimed at improving relationship health; and Co-Located Collaborative Care (CCC), an individual-based standard care with three sessions focusing on mental health issues related to relationships.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Since this trial involves counseling sessions rather than medication, traditional side effects are not expected. However, participants may experience emotional discomfort discussing personal issues during these therapeutic interventions.

BRC RCT Trial Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
Both my partner and I understand English well and can comprehend study details.
Both my partner and I are 18 years old or older.

BRC RCT Trial Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~180 day period after post-treatment session (1.5 months after randomization)
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 180 day period after post-treatment session (1.5 months after randomization) for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Relationship Functioning
Secondary outcome measures
Emotional Intimacy/Mutual Responsiveness
Treatment Engagement in Mental Health Services
Other outcome measures
Alcohol Use
Depressive Symptoms
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptom Severity
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BRC RCT Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
Couples in the experimental condition will participate in three joint sessions of the Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC; Cordova 2014; Cigrang et al., 2016). This program has been tested in Air Force Primary Care but has not been explored in Veterans with ongoing mental health issues and has not been compared to an active treatment.
Group II: Co-Located Collaborative Care (CCC)Active Control1 Intervention
The comparison condition will be three sessions of Co-Located Collaborative Care (CCC) offered to the Screened Veteran only. This reflects the current standard of care in VA Primary Care Mental Health.
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC)

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Who is running the clinical trial?

VA Office of Research and DevelopmentLead Sponsor
1,609 Previous Clinical Trials
3,306,243 Total Patients Enrolled
14 Trials studying Mental Health
17,918 Patients Enrolled for Mental Health
Dev J CrastaPrincipal InvestigatorVA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, Canandaigua, NY

Media Library

Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT05525676 — N/A
Mental Health Research Study Groups: Co-Located Collaborative Care (CCC), Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC)
Mental Health Clinical Trial 2023: Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC) Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT05525676 — N/A
Brief Relationship Checkup (BRC) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT05525676 — N/A

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Is this experiment actively seeking participants?

"As per information listed on clinicaltrials.gov, this particular trial is no longer recruiting patients; the initial posting was made on March 1st 2023 and it received its last update in December 10th 2022. Despite this trial's closure, there are currently 221 other trials actively seeking participants."

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~237 spots leftby Sep 2026