Mind-Body Therapies in Primary Health Care

2019-08-20 20:17:08 | BioPortfolio


Mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability globally. Given the high prevalence of mental disorders (57.0%) in Azores islands (Portugal), local primary health care (PHC) services should encourage the implementation of complementary interventions for prevention of this type of disorders. New approaches, such as mind-body therapies, have been studied and recommended for prevention and treatment of numerous chronic diseases, particularly mental disorders.

This study aims to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a 6-months mind-body therapies (yoga, qigong and pilates), in users of Ponta Delgada Health Center (PDHC) with perceived distress, compared to a waiting list control.


VIVE mind will be a pragmatic, single-center, randomized controlled trial.

Users of PDHC with perceived distress (PSS-10), aged 18 years or over, will be recruited and randomly assigned into experimental and waiting list control group, in a 1:1 ratio. The recruitment of participants will be held in PDHC by health professional (e.g., family medicine doctors, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, etc). After signed informed consent and baseline measures, experimental group will participate in body-mind sessions (yoga, qigong or pilates), oriented by certified instructors, during 6-months. Each participant should attend only one of the therapies, in order to guarantee a differentiated evaluation. In every session, it will be evaluated the participants' adherence and theirs perceived enjoyment and exertion. The other outcomes (primary and secondary) will be analyzed through a face-to-face contact, in three different moments: baseline (T0), post-intervention (at month 6, T1) and 6-month follow-up (at month 12, T2). The control group will not participate in any specific intervention, but will receive the body-mind intervention after the experimental period. An intention-to-treat and per protocol analysis will be performed to analyze intervention effectiveness and efficacy.

Study Design


Psychological Stress


Mind-body therapies


Centro de Saúde de Ponta Delgada (Unidade de Saúde da Ilha de São Miguel)
Ponta Delgada


Not yet recruiting


Unidade de Saude da Ilha de Sao Miguel

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