The Effectiveness of Guided Imagery for a Nonprofit's Employees
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02191345|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 16, 2014
Last Update Posted : February 23, 2017
Primary Aim A. To determine if listening to prerecorded guided imagery 3 times per week for 4 weeks will reduce state anxiety, perceived stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma in Fronltine Service staff.
Primary Aim B. To determine if staff will continue to listen to guided imagery after the first 4 weeks of the study is over.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Focus of Study Stress||Behavioral: Guided Imagery||Not Applicable|
The purpose of this study is to compare the change in stress levels of employees who listen to prerecorded guided imagery to employees who take breaks, and to determine if employees are likely to adopt prerecorded guided imagery as a self-care tool.
Participants will be randomly assigned to either the guided imagery group or the control group. Members of the control group will be asked to take a 10 minute break 3 times per week for 4 weeks. Members of the guided imagery group will be asked to listen to one prerecorded guided imagery track 3 times per week for 4 weeks. All participants will fill out questionnaires before and after the 4 week period. All participants will fill out a short form before and after listening to each guided imagery, or before and after taking each break.
Phase 2: After phase 1 is complete, all participants will have the option to participate in phase 2 of the study. During phase 2, participants will receive a calendar and put a mark on every day that they listen to a guided imagery track. At the end of 4 weeks, participants will turn in the calendar.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||69 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||A Randomized Controlled Trial Measuring the Effectiveness of Prerecorded Guided Imagery in Reducing Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, Perceived Stress, and State Anxiety of a Mental Health Nonprofit's Employees|
|Study Start Date :||July 2014|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||November 2014|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||November 2014|
No Intervention: 10 minute break
Participants asked to take a 10 minute break as usual 3 times per week for 4 weeks
Experimental: Guided Imagery
Participants listen to one of 6 pre-recorded guided imagery tracks 3 times per week for 4 weeks
Behavioral: Guided Imagery
Guided imagery is a stress management technique that uses verbal suggestion and descriptive language to guide the listener into imagining sensations and visualizing images in the mind in order to bring about a desired physical response, such as reduction in anxiety, stress, or pain. The guided imagery tracks chosen for the study were chosen because their goal is relaxation and stress relief, and their length is under 15 minutes.
- State Anxiety as Measured by the State Anxiety Short Form [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
Participants in the experimental group will fill out the State Anxiety Short Form, a 6-item questionnaire before and after listening to guided imagery. Participants in the control group will fill out the same measure before and after taking a break.
This will be done 3 times per week for a duration of 4 weeks.
- Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, and Burnout, as measured by the ProQol [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]Participants in both the control and experimental groups will complete the ProQol, a 30-item questionnaire, before and after the 4-week intervention period.
- Perceived Stress as measured by the Perceived Stress Scale [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]Participants in the experimental and control groups will complete the Perceived Stress Scale, a self-report, 10-item questionnaire, before and after the 4-week intervention period.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02191345
|United States, Ohio|
|Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44114|
|Study Director:||Ashwini Sehgal, MD||Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center|
|Principal Investigator:||Kimberly A Juhas, MA||FrontLine Service|