Mindfulness to Mitigate the Effect of Anxiety-depression-fear in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)


About this study

People with COPD have a greater risk for symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fear of breathlessness. Those emotions are independently associated with lower physical activity, poorer quality of life, and higher hospitalization and exacerbations; all independent predictors of survival and costs. There is a lack of treatment options to be routinely used in primary clinics for patients with COPD. Systematic reviews suggest that interventions that promote an accepting mode of response, such as mindfulness, might be more appropriate and effective for managing psychological distress in COPD patients, especially breathing-related anxiety. Hypothesis: A home-based 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for COPD targeted to individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or fear of breathlessness delivered by a mindfulness coach using a combination of in-person sessions and remote video call sessions will be effective in improving emotional and overall quality of life, and measured physical activity.

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:

  • Lung disease diagnosis
  • Demonstrated competence in proposed technology
  • Current or past smoking status
  • Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) or Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-2) score >2 points or answering yes to a validated question of fear of being breathless ("Do you experience fear, or panic when you have difficulty getting your breath a good bit of the time?")

Exclusion Criteria:

  • High likelihood of non-compliance or low confidence using the technology
  • Patients currently in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Inability to walk
  • Prescribed antidepressant or antianxiety medication within last month
  • Documented substance abuse
  • Cognitive impairment as defined by the Mini-Mental test score < 24.

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

Roberto Benzo, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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