This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition stress, psychological
Treatments manualized therapy, control group
Sponsor Mayo Clinic
Collaborator Arizona State University
Start date February 2015
End date July 2016
Trial size 44 participants
Trial identifier NCT02540473, 14-009196


Physicians in general are at risk for burnout, and this risk is heightened among women, particularly mothers. In a randomized design, central hypotheses in this study are that mothers who attend our 12-week Relational Psychotherapy Mothers Group (RPMG) intervention will show significantly greater decreases in stress, depression, burnout, and associated risk biomarker indices, as compared to comparison controls (who would meet in unstructured gatherings, for an hour a week for 12 weeks). Additionally the investigators hypothesize that the gains would be maintained three months after the intervention is completed.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose prevention
12 week manualized group therapy (one hour per week)
manualized therapy
Relational psychotherapy mothers
Participants get one hour of time away from patient care/duties to do as they wish.
control group
one hour of free time to do with as they wish

Primary Outcomes

level of depression
time frame: Baseline to 3 months

Secondary Outcomes

biomarker of stress
time frame: Baseline to 3 months
biomarker of stress
time frame: Baseline to 3 months
Professional functioning
time frame: Baseline to 3 months
perceived social support
time frame: Baseline to 3 months
Parenting stress
time frame: Baseline to 3 months

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants at least 25 years old.

Inclusion of Women and Minorities: - This study will be restricted to women physician mothers, who are the target of the manualized RPMG program. - The study will not use race or ethnicity as a basis for selecting subjects. Inclusion of Children: - This study does not include children. Exclusion criteria - Participation in this study is open to all Mayo physician mothers with a child under the age of 18 years. - As in past RPMG trials, the only exclusion criteria are if mothers were to indicate active suicidality, or meet criteria for psychoses, during initial assessments or during participation in this study.

Additional Information

Official title Fostering Resilience: An Intervention for Women Physicians at Risk for Burnout
Principal investigator Cynthia Stonnington, MD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Mayo Clinic.