Meditation-Based Stress Reduction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Identifier:
First received: October 17, 2003
Last updated: March 5, 2008
Last verified: March 2008

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a mindfulness meditation-based stress reduction program is useful in relieving symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Behavioral: stress reduction program
Behavioral: meditation
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction in Relieving Symptoms Associated With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: July 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2005

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Confirmed diagnosis of RA, with doctor's letter or doctors' bill with ICD code 714;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Able to read and write English;
  • Able to attend 15 course sessions and questionnaire sessions at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore;
  • Willing to practice skills for 45 minutes to 1 hour per day, 6 days a week;
  • Stable on rheumatoid medications for at least one month.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Major psychiatric illness (bipolar disorder, multiple personality disorder, etc.);
  • Active alcoholism or drug dependency;
  • Scheduled for major surgery during the study period;
  • Enrolled in randomized clinical trial for rheumatoid arthritis during the study period;
  • Planning to move out of the area in the next 12 months;
  • Unwilling to be enrolled in a control group;
  • Use of assistive device other than a cane;
  • Serious health condition(s) that the investigator determines would make it difficult to complete the 6 month study;
  • Diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00071292

United States, Maryland
University of Maryland School of Medicine - Kernan Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21207
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Brian Berman, MD Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00071292     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P50 AT000084, Pradhan, Elizabeth
Study First Received: October 17, 2003
Last Updated: March 5, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM):
rheumatoid arthritis
stress reduction
mindfulness-based stress reduction
mind-body skills

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases processed this record on April 16, 2014