MINDFUL-PC for Portuguese Speakers Pilot Study 2020

Clinical Trial ID: NCT04268355


The study evaluates the effects of the Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC) Portuguese-adapted version on heart rate variability during a demanding cognitive task. The study also evaluates the effects on mental health, quality of life, self-regulation and behavior outcomes. The study will also complete the MTPC cultural adaptation process for Brazilian culture.

This single-arm, pre-post, non-randomized, unblinded, pilot trial evaluates the effects of Mindfulness Training for Primary Care (MTPC) Portuguese-adapted version on heart rate variability during a demanding cognitive task, i.e., Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). Secondary aims are the following: 1) to measure pre/post outcomes for a) mental health (anxiety, depression, stress); b) quality of life; c) self-regulation (self-compassion, mindfulness, interoceptive awareness, difficulties in emotion regulation); and to determine the rate of d) chronic disease self-management action plan initiation; and 2) to complete the MTPC cultural adaptation for Brazilian culture through a) Satisfaction and Suggestions Survey; and b) Interviews of MTPC Group Leaders about their experience teaching the program Portuguese-adapted version.


Inclusion Criteria: - Current CHA patient with an enrolled CHA primary care doctor. - CHA patients 18 years of age and older. - Able to tolerate and participate in interviews and engage in all procedures. - Diagnosis eligible to be covered by insurance for group visits (e.g., anxiety disorder, depression, stress disorders including adjustment disorder related to chronic illness, pain, insomnia, etc.). - Must be able to fill out the study questionnaires on a computer or compatible mobile device. - Must be willing to attend the two computer task sessions. - Able to give written consent in Portuguese Exclusion Criteria: - Any cognitive impairment that precludes informed consent. - Patients who, in the opinion of the Principal Investigator, pose an imminent risk of suicide or danger to self or others. - Likelihood of potential incarceration such as a conviction or pending charges that may potentially result in imprisonment. - Behaviors that may cause disruption to a mindfulness group. - Patients with symptoms of psychosis, thought disorder, and/or severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar disorder, or a current severe episode of major depressive disorder. - Refusal of insurance to cover group psychotherapy treatment may lead to exclusion from participation in groups. - Patients in their third trimester of pregnancy who foresee conflicts that preclude their commitment to completing all activities. - Patients with highly unstable medical problems that put them at a high risk of hospitalization.

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  • Sponsor

    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

  • Condition Name

    Anxiety Disorders

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