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The Veteran Caregiver Reducing Stress Time (VetCareReST) Study (VetCareReST)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02852174
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 2, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 1, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brief Summary:
Caring for a disabled adult, particularly those with long-lasting impairment, has been associated with elevated levels of stress, depression and anxiety among caregivers.Recent studies show that veteran caregivers experience higher levels of psychological distress than caregivers in the general population, highlighting the psychological needs of this population. The Veteran Caregiver Reducing Stress Time (VetCareReST) is a randomized control trial designed to test the effectiveness of a mindfulness at reducing stress, depression and anxiety in veteran caregivers in Champaign and Danville County.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Stress, Depression, Anxiety and Worry Behavioral: Mindfulness meditation training Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Recent estimates indicate that there are 275,000 to one million informal veteran caregivers. Caring for a disabled adult, particularly those with long-lasting impairment, has been associated with elevated levels of stress, depression and anxiety among caregivers. Veteran caregivers are especially vulnerable because of competing demands. For instance, Post 9/11 veteran caregivers are more likely to be the spouse of a veteran, and have experienced the stress of multiple deployments, have a young child in their care, and work outside the home. Recent studies show that veteran caregivers experience higher levels of psychological distress than caregivers in the general population, highlighting the psychological needs of this population. One effective approach at reducing stress, depression and anxiety has been the use of mindfulness training, which has been shown to effectively reduce mood symptoms among professional caregivers. The Veteran Caregiver Reducing Stress Time (VetCareReST) is a randomized control trial designed to test the effectiveness of a mindfulness at reducing stress, depression and anxiety in veteran caregivers in Champaign and Danville County. This study builds on Dr. Lara-Cinisomo's (PI) experience with military spouses. The findings from this trial will serve as pilot data for a large-scale study.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Wounded Warrior Caregivers
Actual Study Start Date : May 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety Caregivers

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Mindfulness group
The treatment groups will participate in a mindfulness intervention training that will meet for 2 hours once a week for eight weeks. The 8-week program provides participants with 2-hour weekly instruction designed to teach specific skills and how to apply them during stressful situations (e.g., when caring for or advocating for the veteran).Mindfulness training also requires that participants engage in daily home practice for 30 to 40 minutes. Participants will be required to record the duration of the meditation in log sheets.
Behavioral: Mindfulness meditation training
Mindfulness meditation training

No Intervention: Control
Participants in the control may receive the mindfulness training after the wait period ends at which point they may receive the treatment as described above.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Stress [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    Perceived levels of stress


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Depressed mood [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    Depressive symptoms


Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Anxiety [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    Anxious symptoms

  2. Worry [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    Worried feelings



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Provide unpaid caregiver or support to a veteran
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Willing to participate for the duration of the project
  • Able to track his/her home practice in a handwritten log
  • Have no significant psychiatric disorders other than depression or anxiety (e.g., bipolar disorder, substance abuse, actively suicidal)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The presence of significant psychiatric disorders other than depression or anxiety (e.g., bipolar disorder, substance abuse, actively suicidal)

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02852174


Locations
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United States, Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois, United States, 61820
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo
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Responsible Party: Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02852174    
Other Study ID Numbers: 16648
First Posted: August 2, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 1, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Depression
Behavioral Symptoms