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This study seeks to conduct a randomized, double-blind pilot study, to determine whether the Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation and study procedure are feasible and acceptable for use with World Trade Center responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Clinical Trial Description

Participants will be randomized to one of two groups; one that receives stimulation and one that does not. Once their device is ready (roughly 1 month), they will be asked to participate in a baseline questionnaire. They will also be given a phone to interface with the device and record their usage and will use the device for one 15-minute session under the supervision of members of the research team and be monitored using a combination of non-invasive equipment, including an brain activity monitoring cap, blood pressure cuff (to monitor blood pressure), a respiratory belt (to monitor respirations) and an eye tracking device (to monitor eye movement). Researchers are using these tests to see if there are any inflammatory, neural, and cardiovascular changes that relate to the treatment. A research nurse will collect 12 mL of blood (roughly 2 tsp) before and after their session. Blood will be drawn to look at markers of inflammation before using the device, after using the device, and again at the 6-week follow-up visit. They will then be asked to complete a survey regarding the stimulation device on an iPad. After their initial visit, they will be instructed to use the device twice a day, every day at home, for 15 minutes over 8 weeks. After 8 weeks, they will be asked to come in for a final visit, where they will be asked to complete another 15-minute device session, blood draw and survey regarding their experiences. ;

Study Design

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NCT number NCT05212714
Study type Interventional
Source Northwell Health
Status Completed
Phase N/A
Start date March 31, 2022
Completion date February 15, 2024

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