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Does a Phone-based Meditation Application Improve Mental Wellness in Emergency Medicine Personnel?

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03811990
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : January 22, 2019
Last Update Posted : January 24, 2019
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Texas at Austin

Brief Summary:

Emergency medicine is notorious for its high rate of burnout and mental health issues. The emergency department (ED) is a high paced work environment dealing with life and death issues. Employees in the ED work shift times that are not conducive to a natural circadian rhythm. All of these factors lead to high rates of burnout and overall dissatisfaction with their career choice. These are known downsides of a career in emergency medicine, but little effort is put into addressing this issue in everyday EDs.

Cell phones offer an easy and convenient means to participate in meditation. There are multiple evidence-based meditation apps available to cell phone users free of charge. Meditation has been shown to decrease burnout, rates of depression, and rates of anxiety. We hypothesize that weekly use of a meditation-based cell phone application will improve the mental health of emergency department employees as measured on various wellness inventories.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Burnout, Professional Depression Anxiety Stress Behavioral: Cleveland Clinic Stress Free Now Meditations For Healers Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Randomized, non-blinded, control trial
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Does a Phone-based Meditation Application Improve Mental Wellness in Emergency Medicine Personnel?
Actual Study Start Date : December 19, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : August 1, 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 1, 2020

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Control
Active Comparator: Intervention Behavioral: Cleveland Clinic Stress Free Now Meditations For Healers
Phone-based meditation application




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in depression score [ Time Frame: 90 and 180 days ]
    Beck Depression Inventory, numeric score of 0-63 with a score of 63 being the most depressed

  2. Change in anxiety score [ Time Frame: 90 and 180 days ]
    Beck Anxiety Inventory, numeric score of 0-63 with a score of 63 being the most anxious

  3. Change in stress levels [ Time Frame: 90 and 180 days ]
    Perceived Stress Scale, numeric score of 0-40 with a score of 40 being the most stressed

  4. Change in burnout level [ Time Frame: 90 and 180 days, numeric scale between 0 and 6 with 6 being the highest score ]
    Maslach Burnout Inventory, measures level of stress on a numeric scale



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Employment in the Emergency Department (with at least 8 shifts a month at Dell Seton Medical Center or Seton Medical Center) as either an attending physician, resident physician, or nurse
  • Age greater than/equal to 18 years old and younger than 75 years old
  • Must own a mobile phone operating on the iOS system

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Already use a phone-based meditation app on a weekly basis
  • Currently undergoing psychological treatment in the form of weekly therapy or psychotropic medications

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03811990


Contacts
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Contact: Keith Lambert, MD 7206294136 KLambert@asecnsion.org

Locations
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United States, Texas
University of Texas Austin Recruiting
Austin, Texas, United States, 78701
Contact: Keith Lambert, MD    720-629-4136 ext 7206294136    KLambert@asecnsion.org   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Texas at Austin
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Keith Lambert, MD University of Texas at Austin
Publications:
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Responsible Party: University of Texas at Austin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03811990    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2018-04-0089
First Posted: January 22, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 24, 2019
Last Verified: January 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Emergencies
Burnout, Professional
Behavioral Symptoms
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Burnout, Psychological
Stress, Psychological
Occupational Stress
Occupational Diseases