A Guided Meditation Program in Patients Undergoing Dialysis

2019-11-12 18:25:32 | BioPortfolio


This is an open-label, single center, non-randomized, single-arm pilot study to determine the ability of a Relaxation and Guided Imagery Program for its ability to induce a reduction in anxiety in subjects undergoing hemodialysis for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Measures will evaluate the program's ability to impact anxiety, with secondary analysis of headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and pain. Subjects will be administered questionnaires at the study start and study end. Intervention will involve listening to a pre-recorded guided relaxation and imagery during regularly-scheduled dialysis sessions for four weeks.


The investigators hypothesize that participation in the guided relaxation and imagery sessions, at least once during each hemodialysis session by subjects presenting with anxiety, will result in a demonstrated ability to shift out of anxiety into a peaceful state of mind, and result in a decrease in the reported immediate and overall anxiety levels.

Intervention will involve listening to a pre-recorded guided relaxation and imagery during regularly-scheduled dialysis sessions for four weeks. Subjects will be asked to complete the Kidney Disease and Quality of Life (KDQOL) questionnaire relating to quality of life measures, Likert scales to measure anxiety, headaches, insomnia, fatigue and pain and a questionnaire to assess other practiced meditative therapies, psychological therapies and medications.

Study Procedures:

Baseline: Following consent, each subject will be given an introduction to the program and will be provided with an MP3 player, pre-loaded with a recording of the guided mediation program. Subjects will be asked to complete the KDQOL questionnaire, as well as a Likert Scale to measure the psychophysical parameters in question at baseline. Subjects will be given a short questionnaire to assess other practiced meditative therapies. Per standard of care, patients will have blood drawn to measure C Reactive Protein (CRP) levels on day of consent, or within one week prior to Visit 1.

Visits 1 - 12: Subjects will complete a Likert Scale at the start of every dialysis session for 4 weeks (a total of 12 sessions), as well as listen to the recording at least once during each of the 12 sessions. Every recorded session will last approximately 25 minutes. Subjects will repeat the Likert Scale completion following each recorded session.

Visit 12: Subjects will be asked to complete the KDQOL questionnaire and a short questionnaire to assess other practiced meditative therapies, psychological therapies, and medications. Subjects will have C reactive protein drawn as standard of care. The subject's medical record will be reviewed for data relevant to the study. This includes dialysis attendance, notes on study measures, including anxiety, as well as headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and pain, KDQOL results, and CRP levels.

Study Design


End Stage Renal Disease


Relaxation and guided imagery program


Not yet recruiting


The Rogosin Institute

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