Study Protocol For Mindfulness Exercise For Nurses Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

Please see below for information on a research study that was received by HNHN.  You are free to participate or not participate in this study.  HNHN is posting this for informational purposes only. 

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of a COVID-19 specific mindfulness exercise to increase nurses’ resilience during this prolonged pandemic. The study has been reviewed and certified as exempt by the Office of the Human Research Protection Program at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

 

WHO IS CONDUCTING THIS STUDY?

 

Barbara Demman is an APRN and on the faculty at UCLA School of Nursing. Barbara is also an expert in mindfulness and a fellow at the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. Carol Pavlish is Professor Emeritus at the UCLA School of Nursing and at St. Catherine University. Her research specialty pertains to ethical dilemmas, team collaboration to mitigate ethical conflicts, and moral distress.

HOW LONG WILL THE RESEARCH LAST AND WHAT WILL I AS A PARTICIPANT NEED TO DO?


If you are interested in volunteering to participate in this study, researchers will ask you to do the following:
  • Participate for 3 consecutive weeks.
  • Click on the email link below or send an email to notify nurse researchers that you are interest in participating:
    • SON_COVID_Study@sonnet.ucla.edu
    • We will respond to your email with a link to the first survey and the sound recording with the 10-minute mindfulness activity.
  • Click on the survey link and complete a 3-minute survey with demographic and resilience questions from your mobile device or computer before participating in the 10-minute mindfulness exercise.
  • Use the Mindfulness activity at least 3 times or as often as you choose during the first week.
  • Researchers will send you an email at the end of week #1 with a link to the 1-week, post-intervention, 3-minute survey with demographic and resilience questions.
  • Participate in the 10-minute mindfulness exercise a minimum of 3 times/week during weeks #2 and #3.
  • Researchers will send you an email at the end of week #3 with a link to the 3-week, post-intervention, 3-minute survey with demographic and resilience questions. There will be 2 additional questions that ask you to rate your experience with mindfulness.
  • Your participation in the research ends at this time. You continue to have access to the mindfulness activity after the research.

Below you will find more information, including confidentiality. If you have questions about this study, please email Barbara Demman and Carol Pavlish by sending an email or clicking on this email link: SON_COVID_Study@sonnet.ucla.edu Thank you for considering participating in this study.


Thank you for the important work you do every day!
 
Barbara Demman, MSN, APRN, ACNP, CNS
Carol Pavlish, PhD, RN, FAAN
UCLA School of Nursing

University of California, Los Angeles

RESEARCH INFORMATION SHEET

Mindfulness Exercise for Nurses Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

INTRODUCTION

Barbara Demman, MSN, APRN, ACNP, CNS and Carol Pavlish, PhD, RN, FAAN from the School of Nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles are conducting a research study. This study is not funded. You were selected as a possible participant in this study because you are a nurse during the Covid-19 pandemic. Your participation in this research study is voluntary. 
 

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT A RESEARCH STUDY?

 

  • Someone will explain this research study to you.
  • Whether or not you take part is up to you.
  • You can choose not to take part.
  • You can agree to take part and later change your mind.
  • Your decision will not be held against you.
  • You can ask all the questions you want before you decide.

 

WHY IS THIS RESEARCH BEING DONE?

 

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of a COVID-19 specific mindfulness exercise to increase nurses’ resilience during the immediate phase of this pandemic.

 

HOW LONG WILL THE RESEARCH LAST AND WHAT WILL I NEED TO DO?


You will take a 3-minute survey 3 times. You will participate in a 10-minute mindfulness exercise a minimum of 3 times/week for 3 weeks (30 minutes/week). Participation will take a total of about 100 minutes spread over 3 weeks.

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in this study, researchers will ask you to do the following:
  • Participate for 3 consecutive weeks.
  • Respond to the recruitment email to notify nurse researchers that you are interested in participating. We will send you an email with a link to the first survey and the sound recording with the 10-minute mindfulness activity.
  • Click on the survey link and complete a 3-minute survey with demographic and resilience questions from your mobile device before participating in the 10-minute mindfulness exercise.
  • Use the Mindfulness activity as often as you choose during the first week.
  • Complete the same 3-minute survey with demographic and resilience questions at the end of week #1. Researchers will send a reminder email to each participant.
  • Participate in the 10-minute mindfulness exercise a minimum of 3 times/week during weeks #2 and #3.
  • Complete the same 3-minute survey with demographic and resilience questions at the end of week #3. There will be 2 additional questions that ask you to rate your experience with mindfulness. Researchers will send a reminder email.
  • Your participation in the research ends at this time. You continue to have access to the mindfulness activity after the research.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS IF I PARTICIPATE?

There are no anticipated risks or discomforts.

ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS IF I PARTICIPATE?

You may benefit from the study by engaging in a relaxation-based mindfulness exercise.

The results of the research may contribute to the science of mindfulness and our understanding of whether a crisis-specific mindfulness exercise can help nurses gain confidence and strength for coping during stressful health events in the future.

What other choices do I have if I choose not to participate?
Your alternative to participating in this research study is to not participate.

HOW WILL INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND MY PARTICIPATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?

As with any online research study, the potential for a breach in confidentiality exists. However, study data will be physically and electronically secured by Qualtircs and researchers will only see survey responses.  As with any use of electronic means to store data, there is a risk of breach of data security.

Use of personal information that can identify you:
There will be no personal, identifiable information collected that links your participation to this research study. Email addresses will not be saved. No record will be linked to individuals, and online data will only be reported as a group and never linked with any individuals.

How information about you will be stored:
We will not collect any personal identifying information. The online survey site is managed by an external data collection service (Qualtrics) and is safeguarded with high-end firewalls and network security.

People and agencies that will have access to your information:
The research team and authorized UCLA personnel may have access to study data and records to monitor the study. Research records provided to authorized, non-UCLA personnel will not contain identifiable information about you. Publications and/or presentations that result from this study will not identify you by name.

How long information from the study will be kept:
Data will be kept for a maximum of five years after dissertation completion of the principle investigator of this research study.

USE OF DATA FOR FUTURE RESEARCH

Aggregate group data may be kept for use in future research.

WILL I BE PAID FOR MY PARTICIPATION?

You will not be paid for your participation in this research study.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STUDY?

The research team: 
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the research, you can talk to the one of the researchers. Please contact:
Barbara Demman bdemman@sonnet.ucla.edu
Carol Pavlish cpavlish@sonnet.ucla.edu

UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP):

If you have questions about your rights as a research subject, or you have concerns or suggestions and you want to talk to someone other than the researchers, you may contact the UCLA OHRPP by phone: (310) 206-2040; by email: participants@research.ucla.edu or by mail: Box 951406, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1406.


WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
 
  • You can choose whether or not you want to be in this study, and you may withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time.
  • Whatever decision you make, there will be no penalty to you, and no loss of benefits to which you were otherwise entitled. 
  • You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.

You will be given a copy of this information to keep for your records.


 
Posted by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN on Feb 11, 2021 9:24 AM America/Chicago

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