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Does a Phone-based Meditation Application Improve Mental Wellness in Emergency Medicine Personnel?

August 13, 2019

Overview

 

Emergency medicine known for the mental health issues that stem from it. Employees in the emergency department (ED) lack a natural circadian rhythm from their varied work times and shifts. Meditation may be able to help and you can get it through your cell phone. This study examines whether weekly use of meditation from a cell phone can improve the mental health of people who work in the ED.

 

Study Information

 

This is an interventional, randomized, parallel assignment. Its primary purpose is supportive care. The study began on December 19, 2018 and is estimated to be completed by June 1, 2020.

 

Inclusion Criteria

 

  • Employment in the Emergency Department (with at least 8 shifts a month at Dell Seton Medical Center or Seton Medical Center) as either an attending physician, resident physician, or nurse
  • Age must be greater than or equal to 18 years old, but younger than 75 years old
  • Participants must own a mobile phone that operates on the iOS system

 

Exclusion Criteria

 

  • Already use a meditation app from a cell phone, weekly
  • Currently in weekly therapy or taking psychotropic medications

 

Location

 

You may participate in this study at the University of Texas Austin in Austin, Texas, United States, 78701. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Keith Lambert, MD at 720-629-4136 ext 7206294136 or at KLambert@asecnsion.org.

 

Sponsors/Collaborators

 

This study is sponsored by the University of Texas Austin. Keith Lambert, MD serves as the Principal Investigator.

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