A Study to Measure the Effects that Lighting, Sounds, and Temperature in Offices have on the Health of the People Who Work There


  • Study type

  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 16-000828
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 16-000828

About this study

The purpose of this study is to measure the effects that office lighting, sound, and temperature have on the health and productivity of the adults who work there.

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. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria

  • Adults age 18 to 65
  • Ability to provide informed consent
  • Ability to conduct current work duties from a remote location
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience performing current work duties
  • Ability to work 20-40 hours per week

Exclusion Criteria

  • Severe hearing loss requiring the use of hearing aids
  • Severe vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light triggering headaches or epileptic episodes
  • Cognitive disabilities severely interfering with typical office work
  • Clinical depression or severe mood disorders
  • Drug (illegal or prescription narcotic), or alcohol dependency
  • Women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant during the duration of the study
  • Physical disability prohibiting a variety of typical office tasks
  • Currently in a performance improvement plan if Mayo employee
  • Works more than 50% of time outside of office

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Brent Bauer, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Joleen Bernau



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