What is the purpose of this trial?
The purpose of the program is to test how effective an 8-week meditation and stress reduction class is in helping adolescents with chronic symptoms (including but not limited to fibromyalgia or chronic widespread pain, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and others).
Participants will attend 90-minute weekly group sessions and a 4-hour retreat with approximately 6-8 other study participants at Yale School of Medicine. The program is designed to improve symptoms by teaching adolescents how to take better care of themselves and participate fully in improving their health and quality of life in conjunction with other medical treatments they may be receiving. Participants are asked to practice at home by listening to pre-recorded 15-20 minute guided meditations (on MP3 files recorded by the program instructor).
Parents/guardians will be encouraged, but not required, to participate (at no cost) in a concurrent, abbreviated mindfulness training program.
A brief (15-20 minute) interview will take place at the 8-week follow-up for participants and their parents to offer their impressions on various aspects of the program.
Ages: 12 - 17 years
National Institutes of Health
Dates: 02/13/2013 - 07/31/2016
Last Updated: 03/01/2016
Study HIC#: 1201009502