Web Based Therapist and Patient Tutorials on Prolonged Grief. Study 2 (STTR2)

  • End date
    Jun 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Columbia University
Updated on 27 October 2022


The goal of this clinical trial is to learn about usefulness of the online patient grief tutorial in bereaved adults with Prolonged Grief Disorder who are receiving psychotherapy treatment for it. The main question it aims to answer is how helpful the tutorial was and how much therapists and clients liked it.

Participants will be given access to the online tutorial for use during their talk therapy treatment. Participants will be asked to complete surveys before starting the treatment and after its completion to provide information about their symptoms and feedback about the tutorial.


The Center for Prolonged Grief at Columbia University will send announcements to therapists who have done training in Prolonged Grief Disorder Treatment (PGDT) inviting them to participate in the study and directing them to a study information page in Qualtrics. After reviewing the information sheet, therapists will give their consent for participation and then complete a demographics and professional experience questionnaire. The study coordinator will monitor Qualtrics for new responses and email eligible therapist-participants instructions for accessing the tutorial in Moodle.

Participating therapists will then recruit their patients to take part in the study and direct them to the study information page in Qualtrics to provide consent. Therapists will conduct a clinical assessment to determine that the client is an appropriate candidate for the study. Then therapists will provide the clients with a brief introduction to the patient tutorial and log-in credentials, before starting Prolonged Grief Disorder Treatment. Client-participants will have access to the tutorial for 6 months.

The patient tutorial will supplement a course of Prolonged Grief Disorder Treatment (aka Complicated Grief Treatment or CGT) provided by participating therapists in their practices. Typical course of PGDT takes about 4 months of weekly meetings. Therapists are licensed professionals who will monitor their patients, as usual in practice, and can recommend to stop the study treatment at any point or switch to alternative treatment, as indicated. Frequency, duration and pattern of use of the patient online tutorial will be monitored. Patients will also complete online questionnaires about their grief symptoms before and after treatment and overall experience with the tutorial.

Condition Prolonged Grief Disorder
Treatment Web Based Patient Tutorial on Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05575817
SponsorColumbia University
Last Modified on27 October 2022


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Licensed mental health professionals trained in prolonged grief disorder treatment and their clients in treatment for prolonged grief

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