What is the Purpose of Project HOPE?
The aim of Project HOPE is to examine the role of aerobic exercise and health and wellness education in reducing OCD symptoms, decreasing negative mood, and increasing the quality of life among patients with OCD. This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and conducted by the OCD Researchers and Clinicians at Butler Hospital and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Individuals aged 18-65 who are diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, may be eligible. Potential participants must be receiving either cognitive behavioral treatment or be taking a medication for OCD.
Participation in this study would involve an initial interview and completion of baseline measures, including a visit with the study physician and a supervised, sub-maximal treadmill exercise test. If eligible, participants would be randomly assigned to engage in one of two health-based interventions: a 12-week moderate-intensity aerobic exercise program at the Butler Hospital Fitness Facility or a 12-week health and wellness program focusing on support and education regarding healthy lifestyle choices and information specifically for individuals living with OCD. There will be follow-up evaluations at the end of treatment, and 3, 6, and 12 months later. Participants will be compensated up to $445 for full participation in the baseline and follow-up assessments, as well as the weekly sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about Project HOPE, please call (401) 455-6219 or fill out the following form: