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Efficacy Study of Mindfulness-Based Exercise for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified March 2012 by University of New Mexico.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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First received: October 7, 2011
Last updated: September 10, 2012
Last verified: March 2012

This study will explore the relationship between changes in plasma cortisol and symptom reduction resulting from individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) participating in an 8-week program of mindfulness-based stretching and breathing exercise. The investigators hypothesize that at the completion of participation in the 8-week program, exercise-induced symptom reduction will be associated with changes in cortisol levels.

Condition Intervention
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Behavioral: Mindfulness-based exercise

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Efficacy of Mindfulness-Based Stretching and Breathing Exercise as a Complementary Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Prospective Randomized Study

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Further study details as provided by University of New Mexico:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PCL-C score [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in PCL-C symptom severity at 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Participants will rate the severity of their PTSD symptoms using PCL-C.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cortisol [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in cortisol levels at 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Plasma cortisol samples will be collected at 8:00 AM.

Estimated Enrollment: 33
Study Start Date: October 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Exercise Group
Participants who are screened positive for PTSD and participate in the mindfulness-based exercise.
Behavioral: Mindfulness-based exercise
8-week program of mindfulness-based stretching and breathing exercises
Other Name: Mindfulness stretching and breathing exercises
No Intervention: Control Group
Participants who are screened positive for PTSD but do not participate in the mindfulness-based exercise.
No Intervention: Base Group
Healthy volunteers who are not screened positive for PTSD and do not participate in the mindfulness-based exercise.

Detailed Description:

This study will employ a crossover randomized clinical trial design to evaluate the relationship between exercise-induced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom reduction and exercise-induced changes in cortisol level. The participants consist of nurses and the intervention will be conducted at the Clinical and Translational Science Center of the University of New Mexico. The study was approved by the Human Research Protections Office of the university. Nurses who are screened positively for PTSD will be randomly assigned to either control or exercise group. At baseline and in weeks 4, 8, 12 and 16, immediately after the phlebotomy for plasma cortisol, the investigators will ask the participants to rate the severity of their PTSD symptoms using the PTSD checklist, civilian version (PCL-C).


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • employed as a nurse
  • PCL-C score of at least 28 with at least a score of 3 on one or more items for inclusion in the PTSD symptomatic groups (EX and CON)
  • PCL-C score of 27 or lower for inclusion in the non-PTSD symptomatic group (BASE).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • the inability to complete the exercise program
  • a positive answer to any of the seven screening questions on the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)
  • current use of prednisone or other forms of cortisone medication excluding cortisone in inhaled form
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01462045

United States, New Mexico
The University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87131
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of New Mexico
Principal Investigator: Mark R Burge, MD University of New Mexico
  More Information

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Responsible Party: University of New Mexico Identifier: NCT01462045     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CTSC027-2
Study First Received: October 7, 2011
Last Updated: September 10, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorders, Traumatic
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders
Pathologic Processes processed this record on November 27, 2014