Mindfulness Training for Stress Management
This study will assess the short and long term effects of a group-based mindfulness programme (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, MBSR) on first year medical and psychology students at the Universities of Oslo and Tromso.
The primary outcome variables are mental distress, student stress and subsequent work stress, subjective wellbeing, empathy, mindfulness and spirituality. The investigators will also study explanatory moderator and mediator variables.
The study will be a two-centre randomized controlled study involving approximately 190 medical and psychology students from the University of Oslo and 135 from the University of Tromso. The sample size calculation is based on a reduction in mental distress and perceived medical/psychology school stress of 20% in the intervention group. The control group will not receive an intervention. After the initial seven week course (taking place in 2009 and 2010) the intervention group will receive a follow-up session of 1.5 hours twice a year throughout their study course of 5-6 years. The follow-up period will last until 1 year after graduation in the Oslo cohort and until 3 years after graduation in the Tromso cohort.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Mindfulness Training for Stress Management: A Two-centre Randomised Controlled Study of Medical and Psychology Students With Long-term Follow up|
- The primary outcome variables are mental distress (GHQ12, SCL5 and MBI), student stress (PMSS) and subsequent work stress, subjective wellbeing (SWB), empathy (JPSE), mindfulness (FFMS) [ Time Frame: 9 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The following predictor variables will be measured: Coping (WCCL), Regulatory focus, Personality (BCI), Perceived social support, Life events
|Study Start Date:||September 2009|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||November 2018|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||November 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Mindfulness training
Behavioral: Mindfulness training
7 week course modeled on MBSR according to Kabat-Zinn
Other Name: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
No Intervention: Control
Study program as usual
|University of Oslo|
|University of Tromso|