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IOK Therapy for PTSD (IOK Trial)

N/A
Waitlist Available
Led By Shira Maguen, PhD
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
Be older than 18 years old
Must not have
Veterans receiving individual therapy for PTSD or those planning to start skills-based or trauma-focused group psychotherapy will be excluded
Timeline
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up change from post-treatment (week 10) to 6 month follow-up
Awards & highlights

Summary

This trial is testing whether a new treatment called Impact of Killing (IOK) is more effective than present-centered therapy (PCT) for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for Veterans aged 18-82 with PTSD related to moral injury from killing in war. They must have completed or be stable on PTSD treatments like CPT or PE, and not changing medications during the study. Those with recent severe mental health issues, substance dependence, or active suicidal behaviors cannot join.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The trial tests a new treatment called Impact of Killing (IOK) against Present Centered Therapy (PCT). It aims to see if IOK improves psychosocial functioning and reduces PTSD symptoms more effectively than PCT, and whether these improvements last at least six months after treatment.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
While specific side effects are not listed for IOK or PCT, psychological interventions can sometimes cause temporary increases in distress as individuals confront traumatic memories or challenging emotions during therapy.

Eligibility Criteria

Exclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for the trial if you check “No” for criteria below:
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I am not currently in, nor planning to start, therapy for PTSD.

Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~change from post-treatment (week 10) to 6 month follow-up
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and change from post-treatment (week 10) to 6 month follow-up for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF
Secondary outcome measures
Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5)
Other outcome measures
Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI)
Trauma-related Guilt Inventory (TRGI)

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Active Control
Group I: Impact of Killing (IOK)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
Participants in this arm will receive 10 sessions (60-90 minutes) of a cognitive-behavioral moral injury treatment called IOK .
Group II: Present Centered TherapyActive Control1 Intervention
Participants in this arm will receive 10 sessions (60-90 minutes) of a PTSD treatment that does not focus on trauma or cognitive restructuring, but rather the functional impact of trauma called Present Center Therapy (PCT)

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Who is running the clinical trial?

VA Office of Research and DevelopmentLead Sponsor
1,628 Previous Clinical Trials
3,325,878 Total Patients Enrolled
5 Trials studying Moral Injury
380 Patients Enrolled for Moral Injury
Shira Maguen, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorSan Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
4 Previous Clinical Trials
230 Total Patients Enrolled

Media Library

Moral Injury Clinical Trial 2023: Impact of Killing (IOK) Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT03764033 — N/A
Impact of Killing (IOK) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT03764033 — N/A
~17 spots leftby Jul 2025