“Meditation for PA Students”
The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of an app-based mindfulness meditation intervention for PA students. We will measure feasibility of using the Calm app for 10-minutes a day for eight weeks in PA students. Feasibility will be measured with acceptability (i.e. satisfaction survey), demand (participation in the app as prescribed), and practicality (i.e., survey). Secondly, we will determine the preliminary effects of an 8-week meditation intervention on burnout levels in PA students when compared to a wait list control group. Burnout symptoms (primary outcome), mindfulness, stress levels, and depressive symptoms (secondary outcomes) will be measured at baseline and post-intervention (8-weeks). Data gathered from this study will inform a future randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of a mindfulness meditation app on burnout in PA students. The information could also be used to design other studies assessing burnout in the workplace. Aim #1: Determine the feasibility (acceptability, demand, practicality) of using the Calm app 10-minutes per day for eight weeks in PA students. For the intervention group, our benchmarks will be as follows: 1) Acceptability (i.e., satisfaction) a?Y70%, 2) Demand (i.e., participation in the app as prescribed, intention to use) a?Y70%, 3) Practicality (i.e., survey) a?Y70%. Aim #2: Determine the preliminary effects of using the Calm app 10-minutes per day for eight weeks on burnout (primary outcome) mindfulness, stress levels, and depressive symptoms (secondary outcomes) in PA students as compared to a wait-list control group.
Behavioral - Calm Meditation
10 minutes per day of meditation via the Calm app.
Feasibility of an Eight-week App-based Meditation Program to Reduce Symptoms of Burnout in Physician Assistant Students.