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Meditation-Based Stress Reduction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00071292
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 21, 2003
Last Update Posted : March 7, 2008
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis Behavioral: stress reduction program Behavioral: meditation Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction in Relieving Symptoms Associated With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Study Start Date : July 2003
Study Completion Date : March 2005

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
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.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00071292

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United States, Maryland
University of Maryland School of Medicine - Kernan Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21207
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
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Principal Investigator: Brian Berman, MD Director, Center for Integrative Medicine
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00071292    
Other Study ID Numbers: P50AT000084 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Pradhan, Elizabeth
First Posted: October 21, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 7, 2008
Last Verified: March 2008
Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
rheumatoid arthritis
stress reduction
mindfulness-based stress reduction
mind-body skills
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases