Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion Program for Educators (MBHP - Educa).

Development and Implementation of Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion Program for Educators (MBHP - Educa): Evaluation of Cognitive Functions and Epigenetic Modifications.

Sponsors

Lead Sponsor: Marcelo Demarzo, MD, PhD

Source Centro Mente Aberta de Mindfulness
Brief Summary

In the last few decades, the world has seen a significant increase in the occurrence of occupational diseases related to Burnout Syndrome (professional exhaustion) and stress in educators. These disorders affect mental health and teaching activity. In this way, they need to develop socio-emotional skills to cope with the psychosocial stressors related to the school environment. Currently, mindfulness-based therapies have been recommended to help educators acquire emotional self-control, and to improve self-esteem, metacognition, attention, resilience and affectivity, in addition to better the social skills needed in the school milieu. The main objective of the proposed research project is to elaborate a program of Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion - educators (MBHP - educa) to be applied to a population of Brazilian public school educators. The efficacy of the program will be evaluated by cognitive testing. Blood tests for the above-mentioned stress-related molecules will be performed. The goal of developing the MBHP - educa Program is to promote and ameliorate the health care of public school teachers. Developing such a research proposal will contribute to debate and implement public health policies focussed on promoting the health of public school teachers in Brazil.

Detailed Description

In the last few decades, the world has seen a significant increase in the occurrence of occupational diseases related to Burnout Syndrome (professional exhaustion) and stress in educators. These disorders affect mental health and teaching activity. In this way, they need to develop socio-emotional skills to cope with the psychosocial stressors related to the school environment. Currently, mindfulness-based therapies have been recommended to help educators acquire emotional self-control, and to improve self-esteem, metacognition, attention, resilience and affectivity, in addition to better the social skills needed in the school milieu. A few published studies indicate that mindfulness practices also reduce some inflammation- and stress- related molecules such as cortisol, receptor-interacting serine/threonine kinase 2 (RIPK2), cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2), interleukin 6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and epigenetic-regulation related histone deacetilases (HDAC). These indicator molecules can be measured in blood. The World Health Organisation (WHO-2013) recommends the worldwide implementation of strategies for the promotion of mental health, which are particularly aimed at preventing occupational diseases. The main objective of the proposed research project is to elaborate a program of Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion - educators (MBHP - educa) to be applied to a population of Brazilian public school educators. The efficacy of the program will be evaluated by cognitive testing. Blood tests for the above-mentioned stress-related molecules will be performed. The goal of developing the MBHP - educa Program is to promote and ameliorate the health care of public school teachers. Developing such a research proposal will contribute to debate and implement public health policies focussed on promoting the health of public school teachers in Brazil.

Overall Status Not yet recruiting
Start Date March 5, 2019
Completion Date January 5, 2023
Primary Completion Date December 5, 2019
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) up to 6-month of follow-up
Burnout Clinical Subtypes Questionnaire - BCSQ-12 up to 6-month of follow-up
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index up to 6-month of follow-up
Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAADS) up to 6-month of follow-up
Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ) up to 6-month of follow-up
Self-Compassion Scale up to 6-month of follow-up
Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) up to 6-month of follow-up
Morningness-eveningness questionnaire - sum *Range 16 to 86 *higher scorer - more morningness type up to 6-month of follow-up
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Stress biomarkers from blood samples up to 6-month of follow-up
Epigenetic biomarkers from blood samples up to 6-month of follow-up
Rey Auditory-Verbal Learning Test - RAVLT up to 6-month of follow-up
Trail Making Test - TMT up to 6-month of follow-up
Stroop test up to 6-month of follow-up
Digit span test up to 6-month of follow-up
Enrollment 498
Condition
Intervention

Intervention Type: Other

Intervention Name: MBHP-Educa

Description: This intervention is a meditative practice which the individuals will practice in their daily life following the MBHP-educa protocol

Arm Group Label: MBHP-Educa

Intervention Type: Other

Intervention Name: Long-term meditation

Description: This intervention is a meditative practice which the individuals will practice in their daily life following the MBHP-educa protocol

Arm Group Label: Long-term meditation

Intervention Type: Other

Intervention Name: Cognitive stimulation

Description: This intervention is a lecture about neuroscience for education which the individuals will practice in their daily life in schools.

Arm Group Label: Cognitive stimulation

Eligibility

Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:

- women and men aged 18-59 years old, literate;

- only educators;

- educators who have an interest in the objectives of this study and consented to be randomized to one of three arms.

- be acting as a teacher/educators in the classroom of the partner institutions of this research;

Exclusion Criteria:

- those who have problems with substance use (drugs and alcohol);

- those who are in acute phase of depression (less than 6 months in depression); schizophrenia or psychotic disorders or who are using drugs that cause cognitive attentional and concentration losses (such as powerful anti-anxiety drugs);

- current practitioners of Mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or the like, in the last 6 months (with formal practice at least once a week);

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 59 Years

Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Marcelo MP Demarzo, PhD Principal Investigator Federal University of Sao Paulo
Overall Contact

Last Name: Marcelo MP Demarzo, PhD

Phone: +5511533854350

Email: [email protected]

Location
Facility: Centro Mente Aberta de Mindfulness e Promoção de Saúde
Location Countries

Brazil

Verification Date

February 2019

Responsible Party

Type: Sponsor-Investigator

Investigator Affiliation: Centro Mente Aberta de Mindfulness

Investigator Full Name: Marcelo Demarzo, MD, PhD

Investigator Title: Principal Investigator

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 3
Arm Group

Label: MBHP-Educa

Type: Experimental

Description: Mindfulness-based intervention

Label: Cognitive stimulation

Type: Active Comparator

Description: Talking about education

Label: Long-term meditation

Type: Active Comparator

Description: Long-term meditators (up 5 years)

Acronym Mindfulness
Patient Data Undecided
Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment

Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Masking: None (Open Label)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov