The Psychosocial Effect of Thoughts of Personal Mortality on Cardiac Risk Assessment by Medical Students

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Missouri-Columbia Identifier:
First received: July 10, 2007
Last updated: August 16, 2016
Last verified: April 2007
This study was designed to examine whether and how provoking thoughts of mortality among medical students can influence cardiac risk assessments depending on the religion of the target patient.

Condition Intervention
Procedure: mortality salience

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effects of Religion and Motivation on Medical Decision Making: A Terror Management Approach

Further study details as provided by University of Missouri-Columbia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Responses on a scale of 0-100 to each of three cardiac risk questions [ Time Frame: immediate ]

Enrollment: 49
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2007
Primary Completion Date: May 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • medical students

Exclusion Criteria:

  • non-medical students
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00500136

United States, Missouri
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri, United States, 65211
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Missouri-Columbia
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Jamie Arndt, PhD University of Missouri-Columbia
  More Information

Greenberg J, Solomon S, Pyszczynski T. Terror management theory of self-esteem and cultural worldviews: Empirical assessments and conceptual refinements. In: Zanna MP, ed. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. San Diego, CA: Academic Press; 1997:61-139.

Responsible Party: University of Missouri-Columbia Identifier: NCT00500136     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1078398  R01 CA09658 
Study First Received: July 10, 2007
Last Updated: August 16, 2016
Health Authority: United States: University of Missouri Campus Institutional Review Board processed this record on August 25, 2016