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Meditation to Reduce Stress and Improve Quality of Life

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dietlind Wahner-Roedler, Mayo Clinic Identifier:
First received: January 11, 2010
Last updated: January 4, 2012
Last verified: January 2012
The purpose of this study is to test a simple meditation program that is easy to learn; inexpensive; easy to practice; non-religion based; and has wide applicability to multiple medical conditions. This program has been developed by the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Meditation DVD

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Meditation to Reduce Stress and Improve Quality of Life: A Feasibility Study

Further study details as provided by Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the feasibility of incorporating a 4-week innovative meditation program into the daily activities of healthy Mayo Clinic employees for improving stress. [ Time Frame: 4 Weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the effect of a 4-week program of meditation on perceived stress and overall quality of life compared to baseline. [ Time Frame: 4 Weeks ]

Enrollment: 17
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2008
Primary Completion Date: April 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Meditation DVD
All participants will receive a Meditation DVD to practice at home daily for a total of 4 weeks.
Behavioral: Meditation DVD
Participants will undergo a one-hour group instruction session in meditation held by Dr. Amit Sood. Participants will then receive a DVD to practice the intervention at home daily for a total of 4 weeks. The DVD will have 3 different programs of 5, 15, and 30 minutes each loaded on it with a menu option to choose one of the programs.
Other Name: Meditation

Detailed Description:

Stress is a ubiquitous problem and a mediator of symptoms for a variety of medical conditions. Most medical diagnoses, procedures, and physician visits are associated with considerable stress. Excessive stress is associated with adverse medical outcomes, unhealthy coping mechanisms, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and overall a poor quality of life. No specific pharmacologic treatment is available for treating stress. Further, it is often difficult or impossible to change the reality of circumstances causing stress in an individual. Thus increasing individual coping mechanisms and ability of a person to handle stress, rather than changing the stressors itself, might be a more feasible approach towards reducing stress.

Meditation is a widely used and increasingly popular intervention that positively affects the individual at cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual levels. A practice of meditation has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress and improve overall quality of life. Several meditation programs exist, however most are limited by considerable expense, need for elaborate training, lack of widespread availability, or incorporation of ideas and practices unique to a particular culture.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Good general health
  • Access to a DVD player
  • Provided with, understand, and have signed the informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Are currently using (at the time of enrollment) antipsychotics or recently (< 3 months) started on antidepressants. Patients on stable dose of antidepressant (for ≥ 3 months) will be allowed.
  • Have a lifetime history of schizophrenia
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01047917

United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator: Dietlind L. Wahner-Roedler, M.D. Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dietlind Wahner-Roedler, Principal Investigator, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT01047917     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-006601
Study First Received: January 11, 2010
Last Updated: January 4, 2012

Keywords provided by Mayo Clinic:
Relaxation Therapy
Quality of Life processed this record on April 21, 2017