Effectiveness of Using a Meditation App in Reducing Anxiety and Improving Well-being During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Status

Completed

Conditions

Well-being
Anxiety

Treatments

Behavioral: Meditation app usage

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT04369378
27-126

Details and patient eligibility

About

This interventional study will investigate the effect of daily use of a mindfulness app on measures of participant anxiety, well-being, and future outlook during the Covid-19 pandemic, by comparing pre-intervention survey responses to post-intervention survey responses.

Full description

Question 1: Can 30 days of daily use of a mindfulness app during the Covid-19 pandemic reduce anxiety and improve general well-being and future outlook? Outcomes measured: Pre- and post-intervention surveys to assess well-being and anxiety (primary outcomes), future outlook, hopefulness, and sleep habits (secondary outcomes). Many of these survey questions come from well-validated surveys (WHO-5 Well-being survey, GAD7 Anxiety survey). Post intervention surveys will be administered at the end of the 30d intervention, as well as 2 months after the completion of the 30d intervention. Question 2: Can 30 days of daily use of a mindfulness app during the Covid-19 pandemic improve nutritional habits? Outcomes measured: Pre- and post-intervention surveys to assess general nutrition habits, including frequency of consuming whole foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains) and frequency of consuming prepared meals (secondary outcomes). Post intervention surveys will be administered at the end of the 30d intervention, as well as 2 months after the completion of the 30d intervention. Question 3: Will study participants be more likely to continue to use the mindfulness app after completion of the study? Outcomes measured: Post-intervention survey administered at the end of the 30d intervention will be used to assess likelihood to continue using app and frequency of anticipated continued use. The post-intervention survey administered 2 months after the completion of the 30d intervention will ask if participants continued to use the app, and the frequency of use (secondary outcomes).

Enrollment

103 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Participants must be 18 or older. Inclusion criteria are access to a smartphone and ability to download the mindfulness app, fluency in English, and the ability to complete surveys independently.

Exclusion criteria

Exclusion criteria include current regular use of a mindfulness or meditation app, regular practice of mindfulness or meditation, regular therapy sessions, inability to complete surveys independently, or any mental health restrictions that would prevent them from participating.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

103 participants in 2 patient groups

Meditation app group
Experimental group
Description:
Participants will also be given access to the mindfulness app (Insight Timer), and instructed to use it for 10 min daily for 30 days. Two days before the end of the 30 day intervention period, participants will be sent a link to a Google Form for the post-intervention survey and will be asked to complete the survey within the next 3 days. Two months after the conclusion of the 30 day intervention period (90 days after study began), participants will be sent a link to a Google Form for another post-intervention survey, and asked to complete it within 5 days.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Meditation app usage
Control group
No Intervention group
Description:
Participants will be in the no intervention period for 30 days. Two days before the end of the 30 day no intervention period, participants will be sent a link to a Google Form for the post-intervention survey and will be asked to complete the survey within the next 3 days. After this 30 day no intervention period, participants are invited to use the Insight Timer app if they so choose. Two months after the conclusion of the 30 day no intervention period (90 days after study began), participants will be sent a link to a Google Form for another post-intervention survey, and asked to complete it within 5 days.

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