Quantification of Outcome Measures for Mind-body Interventions

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2012 by Massachusetts General Hospital.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Herbert Benson, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01308970
First received: February 24, 2011
Last updated: January 4, 2012
Last verified: January 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine if participation in one of three different health management groups will elicit genomic and biochemical changes and decrease perceived stress levels and symptoms in healthy, stressed adults. The investigators expect that changes in self-reported psychological stress and symptoms will be directly linked to changes in biological indicators (genomic expression profiles and neuroendocrine and pro-inflammatory biomarkers).


Condition Intervention
Stress, Psychological
Stress, Physiological
Behavioral: Stress Management Group 1
Behavioral: Stress Management Group 2
Behavioral: Health Education Group 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Perceived Stress Levels Post-intervention and at 6-month Follow-up [ Time Frame: Baseline (Week 1), Endpoint (Week 9), Follow-Up (Week 26) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10)

  • Change in Genomic Expression Profile Post-intervention and at 6-month Follow-up [ Time Frame: Baseline (Week 1), Endpoint (Week 9), Follow-Up (Week 26) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 275
Study Start Date: March 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Stress Management Group 1 Behavioral: Stress Management Group 1
Subjects will attend individual stress management sessions once weekly for 8 weeks and will be instructed to listen to a health education CD for 20 minutes every day for the duration of the study.
Experimental: Stress Management Group 2 Behavioral: Stress Management Group 2
Subjects will attend individual stress management sessions once weekly for 8 weeks and will be instructed to listen to a health education CD for 20 minutes every day for the duration of the study.
Experimental: Stress Management Group 3 Behavioral: Health Education Group 3
Subjects will attend individual stress management sessions once weekly for 8 weeks and will be instructed to listen to a health education CD for 20 minutes every day for the duration of the study.

Detailed Description:

This randomized, controlled trial will determine the relative strength of correlation between changes in stress outcome measures (self-report questionnaire, genomic expression, biochemical assay) in moderately to severely stressed healthy subjects randomized to one of three health education interventions at both end-intervention and at a 6-month long-term follow-up. This study will also determine which of the different outcome measures exhibit the greatest degree of sensitivity, reliability and consistency at both end-intervention and long-term follow-up.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Stress is chronic and ongoing with no resolution of the stressors within the timeframe of the study, with a minimum prior duration of 6 months.
  • Able to provide informed consent and to understand written and spoken English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Practice of yoga, meditation, guided imagery or other mind body techniques that elicit the RR, once per week for 45 min total or more within the last three months or less.
  • Any current medical condition that would preclude their safe and effective practice of the yoga or meditation interventions.
  • The presence of bipolar or psychotic disorders, or history of any other DSMIV Axis I disorder with active symptoms or treatment within the last 5 years, as determined by a structured clinical interview.
  • Initiation of psychotherapy within 6 months of entering the study.
  • Serious or unstable medical illness, including serious or unstable cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, respiratory, endocrine, neurologic or hematologic disease.
  • Patient deemed unable to complete protocol due to cognitive, psychiatric or other reasons.
  • Pregnancy or planned conception over the course of the study (could confound biomarker values).
  • Current use of the following medications: systemic corticosteroids, chronic (i.e., more than 3 days per week) use of anti-inflammatories (e.g., ibuprofen; currently or within the last 3 months), immunosuppressive or cytotoxic therapies (currently or within the last 12 months), and anabolic steroids.
  • Current (within the last 6 months) psychoactive medications (e.g. antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, anxiolytics), with the exception of hypnotics, which will be permitted.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01308970

Contacts
Contact: Lauren E Slipp, BS 617-643-6047 bhiresearchstudies@partners.org

Locations
United States, Massachusetts
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine; Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Principal Investigator: Herbert Benson, MD         
Sub-Investigator: John Denninger, MD, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Herbert Benson, Principal Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01308970     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010P002785, R01AT006464
Study First Received: February 24, 2011
Last Updated: January 4, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress, Psychological
Behavioral Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 19, 2014