A Study of Meditation as a Treatment for Epilepsy

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 1, 2006
Last Update Posted : July 22, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John Stern, University of California, Los Angeles

Brief Summary:
Epileptic seizures may occur at times of stress and commonly increase life stress. This study will evaluate whether meditation improves seizure control and quality of life for individuals with uncontrolled epilepsy.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Epilepsy Behavioral: Meditation Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Individuals who have uncontrolled epilepsy commonly experience disability, depression, anxiety and injuries from seizures. For such individuals, ideal treatments should improve quality of life through control of seizures and improved emotional state. Meditation with cultivation of emotional balance is known to improve emotional state and may also benefit seizure control in some individuals. In this study, individuals with uncontrolled epilepsy will receive detailed training in meditation to determine whether the training leads to improvements in seizure control and various measures of emotion and quality of life.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 8 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Epilepsy by Meditation and Cultivation of Emotional Balance
Study Start Date : May 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2008

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MedlinePlus related topics: Epilepsy

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Meditation Behavioral: Meditation

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Seizure frequency [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]
  2. Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mood [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]
  2. Affect [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]
  3. Anxiety [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]
  4. Sleep quality [ Time Frame: 20 weeks ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 6 or more seizures per month
  • ability to participate in meditation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00370929

United States, California
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Los Angeles
Principal Investigator: John Stern, MD University of California, Los Angeles

Responsible Party: John Stern, Principal Investigator, University of California, Los Angeles Identifier: NCT00370929     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HSPC-06-03-001
First Posted: September 1, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 22, 2016
Last Verified: July 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases