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The eCALM Study - An Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Individuals Living With Cancer in Alberta (eCALM)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2013 by AHS Cancer Control Alberta.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
AHS Cancer Control Alberta ( Alberta Health Services ) Identifier:
First received: November 16, 2011
Last updated: January 17, 2013
Last verified: January 2013
For people with cancer, in-person Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) participation can decrease stress symptoms, mood disturbance, and fatigue, as well as enhance personal growth and spirituality, and improve quality of life and sleep. Online MBSR may improve the accessibility of MBSR programs to underserved cancer patients who are unable to attend available in-person groups. This study will examine whether patients are willing to participate and complete the program, and also whether the online program improves mood and stress.

Condition Intervention
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Other: Immediate MBSR
Other: Wait-list Control Group.

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The eCALM Study - eTherapy for Cancer Applying Mindfulness: Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Underserved Cancer Patients in Alberta: A Randomized Wait-list Controlled Trial.

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Further study details as provided by AHS Cancer Control Alberta:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Feasibility [ Time Frame: 44 months ]
    recruitment, retention, attendance, adherence, satisfaction

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy [ Time Frame: 44 months ]
    Profile of Mood States (POMS), Calgary Symptoms of Stress Inventory (C-SOSI)

  • Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI) [ Time Frame: 44 months ]
  • Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Spiritual Well-Being (FACIT-Sp) [ Time Frame: 44 months ]
  • Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) [ Time Frame: 44 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 64
Study Start Date: January 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Wait-List
Wait-list Control Group. The control group will receive the next available online MBSR program.
Other: Wait-list Control Group.
Wait-list Control Group. The control group will receive the next available online MBSR program.
Active Comparator: Immediate MBSR
Immediate Online MBSR Group. Participation in a standardized manual-based 8-week online MBSR program.
Other: Immediate MBSR
Immediate Online MBSR Group. Participation in a standardized manual-based 8-week online MBSR program.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Speak and read English sufficiently to complete questionnaires
  • Women and men who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer, at any time in the past with no restriction on tumor site
  • Pre or post primary cancer treatment, up to having completed primary cancer treatment within the last 36 months
  • Exhibiting moderate distress
  • Willing to participate in the intervention requirements; able to participate in the intervention (2 hrs per week for 8 weeks and a full day online retreat)
  • Internet access
  • Resident of Alberta, who has limited access to in-person cancer-specific MBSR programs

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of major self-reported psychiatric disorder not in remission, current substance abuse/dependence, and psychotic symptoms
  • Previous participation in a MBSR program
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01476891

Canada, Alberta
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4N2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Alberta Health Services
Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Principal Investigator: Linda Carlson, PhD University of Calgary, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
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