This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition stress, psychological
Treatment meditation group
Sponsor California State University, Northridge
Start date January 2015
End date May 2017
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT02821611, 1313-136-a


The professional program in Physical Therapy is rigorous and demanding on students, resulting in high levels of fatigue, stress, and sleep disturbance that can impact student performance and wellbeing. This project seeks to investigate ways to reduce student stress, monitor their quality of sleep and possibly enhance their learning through the practice of meditation.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking single blind (investigator)
Primary purpose treatment
Participants in the experimental group are practicing a mantra-based meditation twice daily for 20 minutes over the 8 week intervention period to reduce stress and blood pressure and enhance quality of sleep.
meditation group
twice daily 20 minute mantra-based meditation practice for 8 weeks
(No Intervention)
Control group participants will continue their normal activities and not add any form of meditation during the study period.

Primary Outcomes

Change in Blood Pressure
time frame: 8 weeks
Change in Perceived Stress Survey Questionnaire
time frame: At baseline and at 8 weeks post intervention
Change in Sleep Hygiene utilizing PSQI survey
time frame: survey at baseline, 1 month and at conclusion of 8 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 22 years up to 45 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Graduate student in the first year of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Exclusion Criteria: - Taking blood pressure or sleep medication; or already currently practicing a daily meditation.

Additional Information

Official title Physical Therapist Doctoral Student Stress Levels and Management Through Meditation
Principal investigator Beth J Phillips, PT, DPA
Description Utilizing a randomized controlled study design, a cohort of doctoral students in their first year of physical therapist education will undergo an 8 week intervention of a mantra-based Meditation (twice daily 20 minutes) with pre and post measures of blood pressure, sleep hygiene via the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and stress surveys, including Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and Visual Analogue Scale for stress (VAS), as well as daily logs of sleep to assess sleep quality. As many as 32 students (total number in cohort) per year may participate with 1/2 serving as controls and 1/2 undergoing the meditation practice for 8 weeks. Baseline measurement details: QUESTIONNAIRES: Each participant will be given a 1-item Visual Analogue Scale for stress (VAS), a 10 item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and a 9 item Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) questionnaire. The VAS simply asks subjects to score how much stress they are feeling at that one moment in time on a 0-100 scale. The PSQI scores and assesses sleep quality and disturbances over a 1-month time interval and will be administered at the 4 week mark 1/2 way into the study as well as at pre and post intervention data collection events. BLOOD PRESSURE: Blood pressure will be measured individually in a separate room to ensure confidentiality. The BP measurements will be administered using an Omron professional automatic blood pressure monitor (model number HEM 907X) to ensure comfort/safety and the accuracy of the reading. Also for accuracy of blood pressure measurements subjects will be asked to refrain from caffeine (coffee, tea or chocolate), cigarettes/nicotine, or exercise that morning until after measurements are taken and avoid alcohol the evening prior. One identified researcher will take all blood pressure reading and will be blinded to which subjects are part of the research or the control groups.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by California State University, Northridge.