Stress | Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion Program for Educators (MBHP - Educa).

Stress research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

In the last few decades, the world has seen a significant increase in the occurrence of occupational diseases related to Burnout Syndrome (professional exhaustion) and stress in educators. These disorders affect mental health and teaching activity. In this way, they need to develop socio-emotional skills to cope with the psychosocial stressors related to the school environment. Currently, mindfulness-based therapies have been recommended to help educators acquire emotional self-control, and to improve self-esteem, metacognition, attention, resilience and affectivity, in addition to better the social skills needed in the school milieu. The main objective of the proposed research project is to elaborate a program of Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion - educators (MBHP - educa) to be applied to a population of Brazilian public school educators. The efficacy of the program will be evaluated by cognitive testing. Blood tests for the above-mentioned stress-related molecules will be performed. The goal of developing the MBHP - educa Program is to promote and ameliorate the health care of public school teachers. Developing such a research proposal will contribute to debate and implement public health policies focussed on promoting the health of public school teachers in Brazil.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - women and men aged 18-59 years old, literate; - only educators; - educators who have an interest in the objectives of this study and consented to be randomized to one of three arms. - be acting as a teacher/educators in the classroom of the partner institutions of this research; Exclusion Criteria: - those who have problems with substance use (drugs and alcohol); - those who are in acute phase of depression (less than 6 months in depression); schizophrenia or psychotic disorders or who are using drugs that cause cognitive attentional and concentration losses (such as powerful anti-anxiety drugs); - current practitioners of Mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or the like, in the last 6 months (with formal practice at least once a week);

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Cognitive Impairment

Burnout Syndrome

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Other:MBHP-EducaThis intervention is a meditative practice which the individuals will practice in their daily life following the MBHP-educa protocol

Other:Long-term meditationThis intervention is a meditative practice which the individuals will practice in their daily life following the MBHP-educa protocol

Other:Cognitive stimulationThis intervention is a lecture about neuroscience for education which the individuals will practice in their daily life in schools.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

MBHP-EducaMindfulness-based intervention

Cognitive stimulationTalking about education

Long-term meditationLong-term meditators (up 5 years)

Study Status

Not yet recruiting

Start Date: March 5, 2019

Completed Date: January 5, 2023

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF)

Secondary Outcome: Stress biomarkers from blood samples

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Marcelo MP Demarzo, PhD

Lead Sponsor: Marcelo Demarzo, MD, PhD


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