Study protocol of a multicenter randomized controlled trial of mindfulness training to reduce burnout and promote quality of life in police officers: the POLICE study

Study protocol of a multicenter randomized controlled trial of mindfulness training to reduce burnout and promote quality of life in police officers: the POLICE study

Author Trombka, Marcelo Google Scholar
Demarzo, Marcelo Marcos Piva Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Bacas, Daniel Campos Google Scholar
Antonio, Sonia Beira Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Cicuto, Karen Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Salvo, Vera Lucia Morais Antonio de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Claudino, Felipe Cesar Almeida Google Scholar
Ribeiro, Leticia Google Scholar
Christopher, Michael Google Scholar
Garcia-Campayo, Javier Google Scholar
Rocha, Neusa Sica Google Scholar
Abstract Background: Police officers experience a high degree of chronic stress. Policing ranks among the highest professions in terms of disease and accident rates. Mental health is particularly impacted, evidenced by elevated rates of burnout, anxiety and depression, and poorer quality of life than the general public. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, burnout and promote quality of life in a variety of settings, although its efficacy in this context has yet to be systematically evaluated. Therefore, this trial will investigate the efficacy of a mindfulness-based intervention versus a waitlist control in improving quality of life and reducing negative mental health symptoms in police officers. Methods: This multicenter randomized controlled trial has three assessment points: baseline, post-intervention, and six-month follow-up. Active police officers (n = 160) will be randomized to Mindfulness-Based Health Promotion (MBHP) or waitlist control group at two Brazilian major cities: Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo. The primary outcomes are burnout symptoms and quality of life. Consistent with the MBHP conceptual model, assessed secondary outcomes include perceived stress, anxiety and depression symptoms, and the potential mechanisms of resilience, mindfulness, decentering, self-compassion, spirituality, and religiosity. Discussion: Findings from this study will inform and guide future research, practice, and policy regarding police offer health and quality of life in Brazil and globally.
Keywords Mindfulness
Police
Quality of life
Burnout
Stress
Language English
Sponsor Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre Research Incentive Fund (FIPE)
Mente Aberta - Brazilian Center for Mindfulness and Health Promotion
Date 2018
Published in Bmc Psychiatry. London, v. 18, p. -, 2018.
ISSN 1471-244X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Biomed Central Ltd
Extent -
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12888-018-1726-7
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000433388400004
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/46026

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