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Effects of hyperthermic baths on depression, sleep and heart rate variability in patients with depressive disorder: a randomized clinical pilot trial

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2017
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Title
Effects of hyperthermic baths on depression, sleep and heart rate variability in patients with depressive disorder: a randomized clinical pilot trial
Published in
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12906-017-1676-5
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Authors

Johannes Naumann, Julian Grebe, Sonja Kaifel, Tomas Weinert, Catharina Sadaghiani, Roman Huber

Abstract

Despite advances in the treatment of depression, one-third of depressed patients fail to respond to conventional antidepressant medication. There is a need for more effective treatments with fewer side effects. The primary aim of this study was to determine whether hyperthermic baths reduce depressive symptoms in adults with depressive disorder. Randomized, two-arm placebo-controlled, 8-week pilot trial. Medically stable outpatients with confirmed depressive disorder (ICD-10: F32/F33) who were moderately depressed as determined by the 17-item Hamilton Scale for Depression (HAM-D) score ≥18 were randomly assigned to 2 hyperthermic baths (40 °C) per week for 4 weeks or a sham intervention with green light and follow-up after 4 weeks. Main outcome measure was the change in HAM-Dtotal score from baseline (T0) to the 2-week time point (T1). A total of 36 patients were randomized (hyperthermic baths, n = 17; sham condition, n = 19). The intention-to-treat analysis showed a significant (P = .037) difference in the change in HAM-Dtotal score with 3.14 points after 4 interventions (T1) in favour of the hyperthermic bath group compared to the placebo group. This pilot study suggests that hyperthermic baths do have generalized efficacy in depressed patients. DRKS00004803 at drks-neu.uniklinik-freiburg.de, German Clinical Trials Register (registration date 2016-02-02), retrospectively registered.

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Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 12%
Other 10 12%
Student > Master 10 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 9%
Other 15 19%
Unknown 21 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 22%
Psychology 11 14%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 7%
Neuroscience 4 5%
Engineering 3 4%
Other 14 17%
Unknown 25 31%

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