A mixed-methods, randomized controlled feasibility trial of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) plus Standard Care (SC) versus SC alone for DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adults with intellectual disabilities

T Karatzias, Michael Brown , Laurence Taggart, Maria Truesdale, Chammy Sirisena, Robert Walley, Susan Mason-Roberts, Aoife Bradley, Douglas Paterson

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Abstract

Objective: 

To report the results of the first randomized feasibility trial of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) plus Standard Care (SC) versus SC alone for DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Method: 

A total of 29 participants were randomized to either to EMDR + SC (n = 15) or SC (n = 14). Participants completed measures on traumatic stress (PCL-C) and comorbid distress at baseline, 1 week post-treatment and 3-month follow-up. 

Results: 

In the EMDR + SC group, 9 (60%) participants at post-treatment and 7 (47%) participants at 3-month follow-up were diagnosis free. In SC, 4 (27%) at post-treatment and follow-up were diagnosis free. At post-treatment, three participants (20%) dropped out from the EMDR + SC group, and 1 (7%) dropped out from the SC group. 

Conclusions: 

It is feasible, acceptable and potentially effective to deliver EMDR in this population group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-818
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number4
Early online date4 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • EMDR
  • PTSD
  • feasibility study
  • eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • randomized feasibility study
  • intellectual disability
  • posttraumatic stress disorder

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