Trial document




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  DRKS00022387

Trial Description

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Title

Effects of the Covid 19 crisis on the experiences of psychiatric patients in the combination setting of group and individual psychotherapy treatment

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Trial Acronym

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URL of the Trial

https://pt-ambulanz.at/oagg/forschung/

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

The study aims to investigate the wellbeing and the experiences of patients in a psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic in Austria during the Covid 19 period. Furthermore, we want to evaluate to what extent group and individual therapy can be helpful in coping with the situation. For this purpose, anonymous short questionnaires are issued to patients and interviews are conducted with a selection of patients.
Since we are also interested in the therapists' view of the dynamics of therapy in Covid times, protocols from intervision groups are evaluated.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

The consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic and the corresponding government measures (exit restrictions, entry bans, ...) in the area of ​​mental health of large sections of the population are being discussed intensively in the media. In particular, the reduction in social contacts, existential and financial worries and fear of the disease itself can be perceived as stress factors. In national and international studies, indications of increases in depressive symptoms, sleep disorders and anxiety symptoms in the general population have already been found. Initial comparative studies indicate that people with previous psychiatric disorders show an increased risk of reacting with an intensified stress response up to the full symptoms of PTSD compared to the general population.
During this crisis, psychotherapy - and group therapy in particular - might be an essential tool in terms of social inclusion, activation of individual resources and the promotion of resilience. So far, however, it is unclear whether the requirements of social distance will have an impact on the way in which patients can accept group therapy and use them for their psychological health.
In a multimethod study, the change in the stress experience and the symptoms of patients who are undergoing group psychotherapy treatment with accompanying individual psychotherapy at the ÖAGG psychotherapeutische Ambulanz (pta) is recorded retrospectively using a short questionnaire. Qualitative, narrative interviews are conducted with patients to enable deeper insights into stress and coping strategies for dealing with the crisis. For an understanding of the psychosocial dynamics in the therapeutic group process, group discussions of an ongoing intervision group of group psychotherapists are evaluated with documentary and depth-hermeneutical methods. The specific challenges and possibilities of group psychotherapy in the period of the Covid 19 crisis are examined.

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Do you plan to share individual participant data with other researchers?

Yes

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Description IPD sharing plan:

Within the research network of the pta (Bertha von Suttner University and ÖAGG) the data will be processed jointly

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00022387
  •   2020/07/09
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  •   yes
  •   Approved
  •   /, Ethikkommission des Forschungsbeirates des Österreichischen Arbeitskreises für Gruppentherapie und Gruppendynamik Lenaugasse 3 1080 Wien Österreich https://www.oeagg.at/site/home
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   F00-F99 -  Mental and behavioural disorders
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   All patients in the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic who are present at the outpatient clinic for group therapy are interviewed three times (June and November 2020 and June 2021) with an anonymous short questionnaire.

    Additionally, twelve randomly selected patients from the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic are invited to a qualitative interview.
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Characteristics

  •   Non-interventional
  •   Observational study
  •   Single arm study
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Uncontrolled/Single arm
  •   Other
  •   Single (group)
  •   N/A
  •   N/A
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Primary Outcome

Purpose of the study: If possible, survey of all patients who are present at the outpatient clinic using a questionnaire; and additionally include twelve patients in a qualitative interview

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Secondary Outcome

Evaluation of protocols from intervision groups by psychotherapists in the outpatient clinic

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Austria
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Locations of Recruitment

  • Medical Center 
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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2020/06/12
  •   1000
  •   Monocenter trial
  •   National
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   18   Years
  •   no maximum age
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

current patient of group psychotherapy at pta

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Exclusion Criteria

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Addresses

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    • ÖAGG-psychotherapeutische Ambulanz
    • Ms.  Mag.  Vanja  Poncioni-Rusnov 
    • Marxergasse 25
    • 1030  Wien
    • Austria
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    • ÖAGG-psychotherapeutische Ambulanz
    • Ms.  Mag.  Hannah  Bischof 
    • Marxergasse 25
    • 1030  Wien
    • Austria
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    • ÖAGG-psychotherapeutische Ambulanz
    • Ms.  Mag.  Hannah  Bischof 
    • Marxergasse 25
    • 1030  Wien
    • Austria
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • ÖAGG-psychotherapeutische Ambulanz
    • Ms.  Mag.  Vanja  Poncioni-Rusnov 
    • Marxergasse 25
    • 1030  Wien
    • Austria
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
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  •   2020/11/28
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  •   1200
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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