Breathing Techniques and Meditation for Health Care Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Participants must be able to read and understand English
- Must be employed at MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Brain tumor
- Brain aneurysm
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- Brain bleeding in the past 1 year
- Recent abdominal surgery and not cleared to exercise
I. To demonstrate the feasibility of a short pranayama or breathing techniques and meditation during Covid-19 pandemic.
I. To determine the adherence to the practice assessed as at least 50% of participants implement the intervention for 3 or more times in a week by the end of week 1/day 7 (+ 3 days).
II. To determine the change in resilience, perceived stress and psychological impact from day 0 today 28 as measured by the Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS4), and COVID-19 Stress among health care workers questionnaire.
III. To determine the changes in breath holding time measured weekly for 4 weeks.
IV. To determine the differences in breath holding time between those who are adherent and those who are not adherent to the practice.
Participants view an instructional video on breathing techniques and meditation. Participants then perform breathing techniques over 3 minutes and meditation over 2 minutes twice daily (BID) for 28 days. Participants will also be requested to maintain weekly activity logs to document their daily practice. A survey will be completed at study recruitment, before receiving the video link, and then again 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks after starting the breathing practices.
Trial Phase Phase I
Trial Type Supportive care
M D Anderson Cancer Center
- Primary ID 2020-0483
- Secondary IDs NCI-2020-04931
- Clinicaltrials.gov ID NCT04482647