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Using a Daily Mindfulness Practice With Biofeedback to Improve Job Satisfaction and Performance in a Primary Care Outpatient Clinic (NCT02769403)

The purpose of this research study is to determine if using HeartMath's biofeedback with emWave Pro daily mindfulness practice: is a practical and effective intervention to improve job satisfaction and performance of physicians, advance practice clinicians, and nurses; improves patient satisfaction; and affects resting blood pressure and heart rate when comparing baseline to follow-up measures.
  • Device: HeartMath EmWAVE Pro
    The following information will be recorded about HeartMath use: Self-report: adherence (whether the daily session was completed), coherence score, any comments/notes about the daily session From the application: coherence ratio, coherence score, achievement score, session time, average heart rate
    • Other: Questionnaires
      All participants will complete questionnaires at baseline, week 6, and week 12 about demographics, job satisfaction, and job performance.
      • Other: Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
        All participants will have blood pressure and heart rate collected at baseline, week 6, and week 12.
        • Other: Sick Days
          Sick days during the 12 week study period will be collected
          • Other: Patient Satisfaction
            This will include patients who complete the satisfaction survey for the 12 weeks prior to the study and during the 12 week study period. Each patient satisfaction survey is tied to a specific healthcare provider (physicians, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) & Physician Assistants [advance practice clinicians], and nurses) and will be linked to the consented research participant.
            Ages eligible for Study
            18 Years to 89 Years
            Genders eligible for Study
            All
            Accepts Healthy Volunteers
            Accepts Healthy Volunteers
            Inclusion Criteria:
            • Individuals (physicians, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNPs) & Physician Assistants [advance practice clinicians], and nurses) working at the two research sites: Hampton Oaks and Haile Plantation at UF Health
            Exclusion Criteria:
            • Anyone not working at Hampton Oaks and Haile Plantation at UF Health
            This research study seeks to determine if using a daily mindfulness practice with EmWave Pro HeartMath helps to achieve coherence through various standardized, interactive mindfulness techniques, such as guided meditations focusing on positive emotions, breathing, and imagery. The investigators seek to determine if using HeartMath's biofeedback with emWave Pro daily mindfulness practice: is a practical and effective intervention to improve job satisfaction and performance of physicians, advance practice clinicians, and nurses; improves patient satisfaction; and affects resting blood pressure and heart rate when comparing baseline to follow-up measures.

            All participants will attend a one-time one-hour training session to explain cardiac coherence and how to use emWave Pro. Participants will be randomized to be either in the treatment group or the control group. Participants will use emWave Pro for at least one 5-minute session daily, Monday through Friday. The treatment participants will use it daily for all 12 weeks. The control participants will use it daily only for weeks 7-12. The treatment group will have the added component of weekly visits during the first 6 weeks of the study from an investigator and the research coordinator. The purpose of the weekly visits is focused on reinforcing accountability and achievement of coherence.

            The participants will also complete questionnaires at baseline, week 6, and week 12 about demographics, job satisfaction, and job performance. Participants' blood pressure and heart rate will be collected at those three time points. Additionally, information about participants' use of HeartMath, sick days, and patient satisfaction will be collected after week 12.

            2 locations

            United States (2)
            • Hampton Oaks
              Not specified
              Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32607
            • Halie Plantation
              Not specified
              Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32608
            Status:
            completed
            Type:
            Interventional
            Phase:
            -
            Start:
            31 May, 2016
            Updated:
            24 January, 2018
            Participants:
            18
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