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This trial has been registered retrospectively.
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  DRKS00003209

Trial Description

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Title

A randomized controlled pilot study of a brief web-based mindfulness training

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Trial Acronym

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URL of the Trial

http://www.psychologie.uzh.ch/achtsamkeit

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

This study examined the effect of a brief web-based mindfulness (meditation) training. Since there have been various web-based psychotherapeutic programmes which included mindfulness techniques it is not yet known whether meditation can be taught over the internet and whether it is an effective intervention by itself. In a non-clinical sample, persons with a broad age range are instructed in different mindfulness techniques over the internet to reduce distress and perceived stress, and to improve mood and emotion regulation over the period of 13 days. They practice 20 minutes a day. Persons with suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, high distress and minors could not participate. The study was designed and conducted as master thesis study.

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

The training consisted of two 6 day modules which were delivered via the internet. Participants log on to a secure homepage at the university of Vienna and listened to the exercises which were provided as audiofile in the first week. In the second week participants practice the techniques with a flash-animated sourrounding to support the affect labelling aspect of the training.

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00003209
  •   2011/07/27
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Secondary IDs

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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   Z73 -  Problems related to life-management difficulty
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Mindfulnesstraining, 13 days, 2 Modules a 6 days. Module 1: Audiofiles with guided mindfulness techniques. Module 2: flash-animated exercise to improve affect labelling and support exercising the techniques learned in M1.
  •   Waitlist, started training when treatment-group finished the training.
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Characteristics

  •   Interventional
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  •   Randomized controlled trial
  •   Open (masking not used)
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  •   Active control
  •   Other
  •   Parallel
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Primary Outcome

Distress and perceived stress were measured at baseline and after 13 days, when the training had ended. There was also a 3-month follow-up. Distress was measured with the BSI (Brief Symptom Inventory, Franke, 2000) and perceived stress with the PSQ (Perceived Stress Questionnaire, Fliege et al., 2005). It was expected that an improvement of both parameters could be documneted after the training.

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Secondary Outcome

Mindfulness, mood and emotion regulation skills were measured at baseline, after 13 days and at a 3-month follow-up were measure with the FMI (Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory, Walach et al., 2006), emotion regulation with the EMO-CHECK/SEK-27 (Berking & Znoj, 2008) and mood with the PANAS (Positive Affect Schedule Negative Affect Schedule, Crawford & Henry, 2004), which was included in the EMO-CHECK. It was expected that mindfulness, emotion regulation and positive affect would improve. Negative affect was expected to dicrease.

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Austria
  •   Germany
  •   Switzerland
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Locations of Recruitment

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Recruitment

  •   Actual
  •   2010/02/16
  •   50
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  •   International
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   18   Years
  •   75   Years
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

Internet access

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Exclusion Criteria

Psychotic, suicidal ideation, current psychotherapeutic treatment

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Addresses

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    • Universität Wien, Fak. für Psychologie, Inst. Klin. Psychologie
    • Mr.  Mag.  Tobias  Glück 
    • 1010   Wien
    • Austria
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    • Universität Wien, Fak. für Psychologie, Inst. Klin. Psychologie
    • Mr.  Mag.  Tobias  Glück 
    • Liebiggasse 5
    • 1010  Wien
    • Austria
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    • Universität Wien, Fak. für Psychologie, Inst. Klin. Psychologie
    • Mr.  Mag.  Tobias  Glück 
    • Liebiggasse 5
    • 1010  Wien
    • Austria
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Universität Wien, Förderstipendium
    • Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring
    • 1010  Wien
    • Austria
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up complete
  •   2010/07/10
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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