How do I sign up for the study?
Meeting the eligibility requirements is the first step. A brief (15-minute) eligibility screening questionnaire must be completed before signing up for the study. This can be completed with study staff over the phone, or online.
To find out if you’re eligible to participate:
Will I be compensated for participating?
If eligible to participate monetary compensation may be provided as well the opportunity to participate in a stress management class at no cost.
How much time will be required?
If you are eligible to participate after completing the eligibility questionnaire, we will ask you to come to our office for up to 2 screening visits where we check your blood pressure. These are for screening purposes only, to ensure that you qualify for the study, and they each take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. At your first screening visit we will also have you complete a brief (10-minute) questionnaire about your demographic information (ethnicity, education level, etc.). If you are eligible after the 2nd blood pressure screening visit, you will go through our intake process and be officially enrolled in the study.
All Individuals who are eligible and want to take part in the study will complete a stress management program. The stress management training program involves 8 weekly 2.5-hour classes, in addition to a full-day stress management ‘retreat’ day. Thorough assessment of blood pressure and heart function will be conducted at the beginning, end, and 12 months after the stress management program (3-4 hours per visit). There will also be briefer (1.5-hour) visits to our office. For further details, please contact our study team.
What do the stress management classes involve?
The Serenity Study stress management classes consist of 8 weekly meetings lasting 2.5 hours each & require approximately 1 hour of daily homework (including practice of stress management techniques and logs of health-related behaviors like exercise, diet, and sleep). The stress management class also includes a ‘retreat’ day, held on a Saturday from 9am-4pm in between the 6th and 7th class. Those who meet eligibility requirements will be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) into one of the study groups.
Do I have to know my blood pressure prior to enrolling?
No, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your blood pressure before enrolling you in the study.
Where will the assessments and classes take place?
The Cleveland Site classes and assessments will be held at The Connor Integrative Health Network. The Philadelphia Site classes and assessments will be held at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.