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Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Occupational Burnout

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01575743
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 11, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 11, 2012
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Brief Summary:
The aim of the present study is to investigate the impact of regular aerobic exercise on psychopathology, cortisol secretion, BDNF, sleep, cognitive performance, and psychological functioning in people suffering from professional burnout. Pre- and postassessments after 12 weeks of training will be performed.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Burnout Syndrome Behavioral: aerobic exercising Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Occupational Burnout
Study Start Date : March 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2012

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Aerobic Exercise Behavioral: aerobic exercising
All participants take part in an aerobic exercise training program with a total weekly energy expenditure of 17.5 kcal/kg/week over the entire 12-week intervention period. The dose of exercise is determined using exercise prescription guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, 2000). All trainings take place at a local public gym under supervision of previously trained exercise coaches from the Institute of Exercise and Health Sciences of the University Basel. Participants can choose between different training devices for cardiovascular training. Energy expenditure is assessed using the values of burned calories provided by the training devices based on age, weight and training performance. Heart rate is monitored during all training sessions with chest belt heart rate monitors (Polar®) to ensure training below the anaerobic threshold with heart rates between 60 - 75 % of the maximum heart rate.

healthy controls Behavioral: aerobic exercising
All participants take part in an aerobic exercise training program with a total weekly energy expenditure of 17.5 kcal/kg/week over the entire 12-week intervention period. The dose of exercise is determined using exercise prescription guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, 2000). All trainings take place at a local public gym under supervision of previously trained exercise coaches from the Institute of Exercise and Health Sciences of the University Basel. Participants can choose between different training devices for cardiovascular training. Energy expenditure is assessed using the values of burned calories provided by the training devices based on age, weight and training performance. Heart rate is monitored during all training sessions with chest belt heart rate monitors (Polar®) to ensure training below the anaerobic threshold with heart rates between 60 - 75 % of the maximum heart rate.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change of burnout severity by aerobic exercise training [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to follow-up after 12 weeks ]
    burnout severity measured by psychopathology, cortisol secretion, BDNF, sleep, cognitive performance, and psychological functioning



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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • burnout
  • male participants
  • non-smokers

Exclusion Criteria:

  • psychiatric disorders
  • smokers
  • physical diseases

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01575743


Locations
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Switzerland
UPK Basel
Basel, Switzerland, 4012
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Johannes Beck, MD UPK Basel, Basel Switzerland
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01575743    
Other Study ID Numbers: Burnout_1
First Posted: April 11, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 11, 2012
Last Verified: April 2012
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Burnout, Professional
Burnout, Psychological
Stress, Psychological
Behavioral Symptoms
Occupational Stress
Occupational Diseases