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Meditation-Based Stress Reduction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00071292
First Posted: October 21, 2003
Last Update Posted: March 7, 2008
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Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program is useful in relieving symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis Behavioral: stress reduction program Behavioral: meditation Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction in Relieving Symptoms Associated With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: July 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2005
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of RA, with doctor's letter or doctors' bill with ICD code 714;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Able to read and write English;
  • Able to attend 15 course sessions and questionnaire sessions at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore;
  • Willing to practice skills for 45 minutes to 1 hour per day, 6 days a week;
  • Stable on rheumatoid medications for at least one month.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Major psychiatric illness (bipolar disorder, multiple personality disorder, etc.);
  • Active alcoholism or drug dependency;
  • Scheduled for major surgery during the study period;
  • Enrolled in randomized clinical trial for rheumatoid arthritis during the study period;
  • Planning to move out of the area in the next 12 months;
  • Unwilling to be enrolled in a control group;
  • Use of assistive device other than a cane;
  • Serious health condition(s) that the investigator determines would make it difficult to complete the 6 month study;
  • Diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00071292


Locations
United States, Maryland
University of Maryland School of Medicine - Kernan Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21207
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Brian Berman, MD Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00071292     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P50AT000084 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Pradhan, Elizabeth
First Submitted: October 17, 2003
First Posted: October 21, 2003
Last Update Posted: March 7, 2008
Last Verified: March 2008

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
rheumatoid arthritis
stress reduction
meditation
mindfulness
MBSR
mindfulness-based stress reduction
mind-body skills

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases