Polarity Therapy for American Indian Caregivers of Dementia Patients - Article
Clinical Trial: Polarity Therapy for American Indian Caregivers of Dementia Patients
This study is currently recruiting patients.
|Condition||Treatment or Intervention||Phase|
| Procedure: Polarity therapy ||Phase I |
MedlinePlus related topics: Depression; Stress
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Treatment, Randomized, Open Label, Active Control, Parallel Assignment, Efficacy Study
Official Title: Polarity Therapy for Dementia Caregivers
Expected Total Enrollment: 50
Study start: August 2004; Expected completion: May 2006
Last follow-up: April 2006; Data entry closure: April 2006
The caregivers of people with dementia experience high levels of stress and are at particularly high risk for physical and mental illness. Although stress and illness are serious problems among American Indian caregivers in the Northwest, few studies have concentrated on this population. PT is a treatment that involves awareness of one's energy field and touch therapy; it has been shown to provide several physiological, biological, and psychological benefits. This study will determine whether PT is more effective than respite from caregiving in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression and improving health function and overall quality of life in American Indian caregivers.
Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either eight weekly sessions of PT or 3 hours of weekly respite from caregiving for 8 weeks. At the beginning of the study and at Weeks 4 and 8, participants will complete questionnaires and self-report scales on stress, anxiety, depression, and quality of life. In addition, heart rate variability and levels of cortisol will be measured at study entry and Weeks 4 and 8.
Ages Eligible for Study: 35 Years - 65 Years, Genders Eligible for Study: Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- Caregiver of a family member with dementia for at least 4 hours a day
- American Indian
- Nerve disorders caused by diabetes
- Use of beta blockers
Location and Contact Information
Center for World Indigenous Studies, Olympia, Washington, 98502, United States; Recruiting
Rudolph C. Ryser, PhD 360-486-1044 firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie E. Korn, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator
Rudolph C. Ryser, PhD, Sub-Investigator
Leslie E. Korn, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator, Center for World Indigenous Studies
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Record last reviewed: February 2005
Last Updated: February 10, 2005
Record first received: December 22, 2004
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00100035
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on 2005-04-08
Cache Date: April 9, 2005