Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on Veterans With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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Updated on 28 October 2022
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The study will examine the effects of eight weeks of equine assisted activities (EAA) on co-regulation, basal physiological values, and symptom severity in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Heart rate, respiration rate, surface electromyography (EMG) and plasma concentrations of cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and oxytocin will be measured at rest and during dyadic interaction tasks (human to human or human to horse) to assess effects of EAA on these measures. Additionally, standard and regularly used questionnaires will be used to monitor PTSD symptom severity during the study and 6-month follow-up period. EAA is expected to lower PTSD symptom severity, and mitigate other physiological changes associated with PTSD.

Condition Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Treatment equine assisted activities
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04850573
SponsorRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Last Modified on28 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

was deployed and experienced combat in Iraq or Afghanistan
between 18 and 65 years of age

Exclusion Criteria

severe traumatic brain injury
schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, or substance dependence in the last 3 months
allergies to horses
previous enrollment in equine assisted activities or psychotherapy in an equine environment
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