Vigorous Exercise for Depressed Smokers


About this study

In this project the investigators will develop and pilot test a supervised, vigorous intensity exercise intervention for depressed female smokers. If the pilot intervention is successful, the investigators will have a blueprint for a large randomized controlled trial. The long term objective is to develop interventions for depressed women that will ultimately reduce their risk of tobacco-caused disease and mortality.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. depressed (CES-D) score 16 or above
  2. 18 years of age
  3. female gender
  4. sedentary
  5. current cigarette smoker

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. smoking cessation medication
  2. Not able to exercise medically

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Christi Patten, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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