Implementation and Evaluation of "Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy" in a Health Care Region in Flanders: a Randomized Clinical Trial

This study has been completed.
Ministry of the Flemish Community
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University Hospital, Ghent Identifier:
First received: November 28, 2005
Last updated: June 2, 2009
Last verified: June 2009

Research project regarding the possibility to implement and the efficacy of a non-drug, psychotherapeutic intervention (MBCT), in preventing relapse/recurrence of depression.

Condition Intervention
Recurrent Depression
Behavioral: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Implementation and Evaluation of "Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy" in a Health Care Region in Flanders: a Randomized Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Ghent:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Feasibility to implement MBCT in a Flemish region
  • Relapse/recurrence of depression after approximately 12 months

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health status
  • Quality of life
  • Coping
  • Fear
  • Rumination

Estimated Enrollment: 405
Study Start Date: March 2006
Study Completion Date: July 2008
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

This trial is based on the following publications:

Teasdale JD, Segal ZV, Williams JMG, Ridgeway VA, Soulsby JM, Lau MA. Prevention of relapse / recurrence in major depression by Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2000; 68(4): 615-623.

Ma SH, Teasdale JD. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression: replication and exploration of differential relapse prevention effects. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2004; 72(1): 31-40.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age: 18 years and above
  • place of residence in accordance with a well-defined region (pilot study)
  • given informed consent
  • diagnosis of recurrent depression (DSM-IV-TR)
  • at least 3 depressive episodes in the anamnesis (depression: either primary or secondary diagnosis)
  • last depressive episode at least 8 weeks ago (DSM-IV-TR)
  • absence of a present depressive episode
  • history of treatment by an antidepressant medication
  • HRSD-score <14 at baseline assessment (Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, HRSD-17)
  • absence of exclusion criteria

Exclusion Criteria:

  • based on DSM-IV-TR: current diagnosis of any of the following psychiatric disorders: lifetime mood disorder, chronic depression, dysthymia, current substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, acute psychosis, cognitive disorder, organic mental disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, mental retardation, primary diagnosis of axis-II-disorder, at risk for suicide
  • Extended experience with zen- or vipassana meditation (or mindfulness) in the past or
  • more than 1 hour practice of zen- or vipassana meditation (or mindfulness) per week during the last 8 weeks
  • other meditation practices except for MBCT during the training
  • more than 1 psychiatric consultation per 3-4 weeks during the training and follow-up
  • intensive psychotherapy during the training and follow-up
  • schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder in the anamnesis
  • physical problems which make it difficult to participate in the programme
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00259506

University Hospital Ghent
Ghent, Belgium, 9000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Ghent
Ministry of the Flemish Community
Principal Investigator: Kees van Heeringen, MD, PhD University Hospital, Ghent
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided Identifier: NCT00259506     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2005/195
Study First Received: November 28, 2005
Last Updated: June 2, 2009
Health Authority: Belgium: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Ghent:
Recurrent depression
Mental Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 17, 2014