Effectiveness of Stress Free Now: an Internet-based Mindfulness Program for Stress Management

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
General Electric
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
The Cleveland Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01595555
First received: May 8, 2012
Last updated: August 7, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
  Purpose

This research will examine whether an Internet-based mindfulness program for stress management produced positive outcomes for participants and is technologically feasible


Condition Intervention
Healthy Individuals With Perceived Stress
Behavioral: Stress Free Now

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effectiveness of an Internet-based Mindfulness Program for Stress Management

Further study details as provided by The Cleveland Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Effect of SFN on stress [ Time Frame: End of intervention at week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assess whether SFN reduces stress as measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)

  • Effect of SFN on mindfulness [ Time Frame: End of intervention at week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assess whether SFN improves mindfulness as measured by the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS)

  • Effect of SFN on self acceptance [ Time Frame: End of intervention at week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Assess whether SFN improves self-acceptance as measured by the Psychological Well-being - Self-Acceptance Subscale (PWb-SA)

  • Effect of SFN on vitality [ Time Frame: End of intervention at week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assess whether SFN improves vitality as measured by the Subjective Vitality Scale (SVS)

  • Effect of SFN on spirituality [ Time Frame: End of intervention at week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assess whether SFN improves transcendence as measured by the Adult Self-Transcendence Inventory (ASTI)


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • SFN effect on physical and mental health [ Time Frame: End of intervention at week 8 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assess whether psycho-emotional improvement was accompanied with physical and mental health improvement as measured by SF36

  • Effect maintained at week 12 follow up [ Time Frame: Week 12 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To assess whether outcome improvements are maintained at week 12

  • Assess whether adding Social Media to SFN improves engagement and outcome [ Time Frame: Week 8 and 12 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To explore whether adding a message board component would enhance the effectiveness and experience of the program for participants

  • Assess program engagement and adherence [ Time Frame: Through the 8-week program ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Assess program engagement and adherence by collecting Stress Free Now and Social Media self report weekly practice data and Website usage


Enrollment: 684
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: November 2011
Primary Completion Date: November 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Wait-list control
Group with no intervention. Only complete questionnaires at baseline, week 8 and 12 and activity logs through the first 8 weeks
Experimental: Stress Free Now
Participate in the 8 week online stress management program Stress Free Now. Complete questionnaires at baseline, week 8 and 12 and activity logs through the first 8 weeks
Behavioral: Stress Free Now
8 week mindfulness online program with the following content: 8 Weekly lesson of the week (audio), 8 Weekly mindfulness practice (audio), Daily articles on concepts and information about stress, relaxation and mindfulness, Daily motivational quotes and tips, Biweekly email reminder to participate in the program.
Experimental: Stress Free Now + Social Media
Participate in the 8-week Stress Free Now program and a discussion board that provides peer and moderator support. Complete questionnaires at baseline, week 8 and 12 and activity logs through the first 8 weeks
Behavioral: Stress Free Now
8 week mindfulness online program with the following content: 8 Weekly lesson of the week (audio), 8 Weekly mindfulness practice (audio), Daily articles on concepts and information about stress, relaxation and mindfulness, Daily motivational quotes and tips, Biweekly email reminder to participate in the program.

Detailed Description:

Chronic, severe stress, a risk factor for premature aging and myocardial infarction, affects 35% of North Americans. Stress management programs, while effective, may be prohibitively resource intensive or difficult to access by broad populations.

This research is examining whether an online stress management program - Stress Free Now© (SFN) - can achieve meaningful improvements in measures of stress and wellbeing. We are also examining whether improvements in wellbeing and stress can be enhanced through an online, internet based support group which share experiences as they go through the Stress Free Now program. This program is modeled after an intensive group program, called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which has shown benefits across a broad array of medical issues in addition to more specific stress related problems.

This is a three arm randomized controlled trial which will last for 12 weeks. Participants will be randomized into one of the study arms: Non intervention Control, Stress Free Now and Stress Free Now + Message Board. We aim at enrolling 600 participants, with the expectation that 50% will complete the study (100 per group).

A series of questionnaires will be collected at baseline, at the end of the 8-week program and at follow up at week 12. Outcome measured are stress, mindfulness, vitality, physical, social and emotional health, transcendence and self-acceptance. We will also ask participants to complete a weekly log to measure program adherence and usage.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Sign-up for SFN (if in one of the intervention groups)
  • Agree to participate in the research
  • Have regular access to the internet
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01595555

Locations
United States, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
The Cleveland Clinic
General Electric
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Didier Allexandre, Ph.D. The Cleveland Clinic
Principal Investigator: Tom Morledge, M.D. Revati Wellness
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: The Cleveland Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01595555     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-278
Study First Received: May 8, 2012
Last Updated: August 7, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by The Cleveland Clinic:
stress
relaxation
mindfulness
web-based
online
social media
discussion board

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 23, 2014