Mindfulness Training for Staff (MTS)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital of North Norway
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01082497
First received: March 5, 2010
Last updated: April 11, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a mindfulness based 8-week course for stress reduction, known as MBSR course, given to all staff at an inpatient psychiatric ward influences the level of stress and burnout and the psychosocial atmosphere at the ward.

The design is an intervention trial with repeated measures and control group.The focus is the interaction between unit and individuals.

All staff at both wards were invited to participate. The intervention consists of 8 weekly group meetings where the participants learn different ways of practicing mindfulness and do home practice between the meetings. The control intervention is 8 weekly workshops in affect-consciousness.

Data are collected through self-reporting questionnaires on mindfulness, work- and health-related topics at six different points. The patients at both wards answers one questionnaire about ward atmosphere at the same points.

Data wil be analyzed on SPSS statistic programme.


Condition Intervention Phase
Stress
Behavioral: Mindfulness training
Phase 0

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Mindfulness Training and Developing the Ability of Empathy at an Inpatient Ward for Dual Diagnoses

Further study details as provided by University Hospital of North Norway:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The ability of mindfulness measured by the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Three months before to one year follow up after the intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The questionnaire measure the ability to observe, describe and act with awareness,nonreactivity and non-judgemental awareness.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The amount of work stress and burnout measured with The Maslach Burnout Inventory [ Time Frame: Three months before intervention to one year follow up after the intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The questionnaire measure the dimentions emotional exchaustion,depersonalization and persomal accomplishment.


Enrollment: 53
Study Start Date: May 2009
Study Completion Date: January 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Mindfulness Behavioral: Mindfulness training
A course in mindfulness based stress reduction with 8 weekly group meetings and home practice between the meetings. Each meetings last for 90 minutes. Participants get workbook and cds to support home practice.
Other Name: MBSR
Active Comparator: Education
8 - weekly workshops on affect consciousness for all staff
Behavioral: Mindfulness training
A course in mindfulness based stress reduction with 8 weekly group meetings and home practice between the meetings. Each meetings last for 90 minutes. Participants get workbook and cds to support home practice.
Other Name: MBSR

Detailed Description:

MBSR for staff in inpatient psychiatric units

The challenges for staff working at an inpatient unit for psychotic people are many, and still more where the patients also have addiction problems. The patients are seriously ill and in need of extensive support and treatment. It is needed for the staff to be continuously aware and present, stand all kind of situations and hold out (contain) a lot of critique and threatening from the patients. Often they are too exhausted to take care of themselves and their own stress. The risk for burnout is high. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether a mindfulness based 8-week course for stress reduction, known as MBSR course, given to all staff at an inpatient psychiatric ward influences the psychosocial atmosphere at the ward.

The design of the study is an intervention trial with repeated measures and control group. The intervention consists of 8 weekly group meetings where the participants learn different ways of practicing mindfulness; sitting, walking, yoga exercises,and body scan.They are asked to practice between the group-meetings and get a workbook and cds as support.

This is a prospective intervention study with control group and repeated measures over one year follow up. The focus is the interaction between unit and individuals.

To more closely study the specific effect of mindfulness practice the control group receive an active intervention which has similarities to mindfulness practice: workshops in affect - consciousness of same amount as the MBSR-course.

All staff at the research unit and the control unit were invited to participate, each group has a number of 25 - 30 individuals. Data are collected through self-reporting questionnaires at six different points. The patients answers one questionnaire at the same points.

The inventories chosen are:

Demographics Quality of life Subjective health complains Five Facets Mindfulness Questioner (Baer) Maslach Burnout Inventory Work satisfaction Total Work load - short form Ward-atmosphere scale (also for the patients) Sick leave and number of registered harm /injury- episodes will be taken on 3 -4 points.

Hopefully this study will show that when the staff practice mindfulness this will bring about a more relaxed and accepting atmosphere followed by lesser exhaustion and anxiety. Consequences should be that mindfulness practise becomes more ordinary in psychiatric hospital wards.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • all staff working at the ward 50 % or more, not attending to leave during the first year.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Staff working less than 50%, planned to leave before one year.
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Locations
Norway
University Hospital of North-Norway
Tromso, Troms, Norway, 9291
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital of North Norway
Investigators
Study Chair: Tordis Sorensen Hoifodt, dr med. phd University Hospital of North Norway
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University Hospital of North Norway
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01082497     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P REK NORD-134/2008
Study First Received: March 5, 2010
Last Updated: April 11, 2012
Health Authority: Norway:National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics

Keywords provided by University Hospital of North Norway:
Mindfulness
Stress
Burnout
Ward atmosphere
Stress and burnout among staff, psychosocial atmosphere at the ward

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