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Older adults with serious illness and their caregivers have high rates of anxiety and limited access to effective, non-pharmacological treatments. A recent National Academy of Medicine report recommended increased emphasis on disseminating and implementing evidence-based psychotherapies in order to have maximal public health impact. Through this work, I will identify a sustainable and potentially scalable dyadic intervention and delivery model to manage symptoms of anxiety in older adults with serious illness and their caregivers in primary care.


Clinical Trial Description

Research: Up to 70% of adults with serious illness have symptoms of anxiety. Undiagnosed and undertreated anxiety contributes to higher risk of pain, depression, fatigue, dyspnea, and polypharmacy. Patients with high symptom burden and anxiety heavily impact family caregivers, which nearly 8 million older adults in the U.S. rely on for assistance. Decades of research reveal the negative effects of caregiving on caregivers, (e.g., high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety). Furthermore, there is a mutuality of distress in the caregiver/patient dyad - when patients suffer psychologically, the caregiver suffers too. Unfortunately, older adults and their caregivers have limited access to mental health resources because of shortages of mental health providers as well as logistical issues including time constraints, transportation, and scheduling. The objective of this study is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of Mindfulness Coach, an mHealth Mindfulness Therapy intervention developed by the Veterans Affairs, to reduce anxiety in older adults with serious illness and their family caregivers. An efficacious and scalable behavioral intervention that mitigates symptoms of patient and caregiver anxiety has the potential to reduce distress and enhance coping in the patient-caregiver dyad without contributing to polypharmacy or burdensome appointments. Research is urgently needed to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of dyadic mHealth mindfulness therapy in older adults with serious illness and their caregivers. ;


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NCT number NCT05040711
Study type Interventional
Source Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Contact ELISSA KOZLOV, PhD
Phone 9147153012
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 1, 2021
Completion date October 1, 2026

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