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After ICD Shock

After ICD Shock

The purpose of this study is to determine if a 4 week self-management intervention after a person receives an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shock, will prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Participant Eligibility

Must have:
1) ICD implant
2) received at least 1 ICD shock in week previous to study enrollment;
3) able to read, speak, and write English;
4) online access using mobile phone and computer for study duration.

Must not have:
1) current diagnosis PTSD or other serious mental health disorder
2) cognitive difficulties
3) < 18 years of age;
4) serious alcohol use
5) regular non-medical use of opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, or other illicit substances


Cynthia Dougherty
(206) 221-7927

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Biobehavioral Intervention to Prevent PTSD after ICD Shock

Study ID: 00007840
Start Date: 09/01/2023
End Date: 08/01/2026

PI: Cynthia M. Dougherty
Co-Inv: Elaine Thompson
Co-Inv: Peter Kudenchuk
Co-Inv: Douglas Zatzick
Co-Inv: Adrian Dobra

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 357266
Seattle, Washington 98195


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

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