A Randomised Controlled Trial to Investigate the Effects of a Mindfulness Smartphone App on Well-being in the Workplace
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01661569|
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2012 by University College, London.
Recruitment status was: Not yet recruiting
First Posted : August 9, 2012
Last Update Posted : August 9, 2012
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We propose a randomised controlled trial in a workplace setting to investigate whether a smartphone-delivered programme of mindfulness meditation influences psychological and biological indicators of well-being.
We hypothesise that after 8 weeks participants who complete the meditation programme will show increases in psychological well-being and reduced activation of stress-related biological pathways.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Well-being, Work Stress||Other: Headspace On-the-go app||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||120 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||A Randomised Controlled Trial to Investigate the Effects of the Headspace Mindfulness Smartphone App on Psychological Well-being and Biological Indicators of Stress in the Workplace|
|Study Start Date :||August 2012|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||January 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||January 2013|
Experimental: Headspace On-the-go app
Participants were given access to a 45-day mindfulness meditation programme via the Headspace smartphone app
Other: Headspace On-the-go app
Participants will be given access to a 45-day programme of mindfulness meditation, created and branded by Headspace. They will be encouraged to listen to one meditation podcast each day, or as frequently as possible over 8 weeks.
Other Name: Mindfulness meditation smartphone app
No Intervention: Waitlist control
Participants will be asked to wait for 8 weeks before starting the intervention
- Well-being [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]Psychological well-being will be assessed using the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale
- Blood pressure [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]Blood pressure over the working day will be measured as an indicator of activation of the stress response
- Psychological stress [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]Stress will be measured using the Perceived Stress Scale and measures of job strain, based on Karasek (where job strain is a combination of high demands and low control).
- Cortisol [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]Hair cortisol concentration, as an indicator of activation of the HPA axis
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|Ages Eligible for Study:||18 Years to 65 Years (Adult, Older Adult)|
|Sexes Eligible for Study:||All|
|Accepts Healthy Volunteers:||Yes|
- Employees of a UK high-tech company
- Raised levels of work stress (overcommitment>2) or depression (CESD>1)
- treated for anxiety, depression or hypertension
- taking medication containing steroids
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|Contact: Sophie K Bostock, BMedSci, MSc||+44 (0)email@example.com|
|UK high-tech company office|
|London, United Kingdom|
|Principal Investigator: Sophie K Bostock, BMedSci, MSc|
|Principal Investigator:||Andrew Steptoe, DPhil, DSc, FMedSci||University College, London|
|Responsible Party:||University College, London|
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|First Posted:||August 9, 2012 Key Record Dates|
|Last Update Posted:||August 9, 2012|
|Last Verified:||August 2012|