SOphrology intervention to improve WELL-Being in hospital staff (SO-WELL): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial study


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Dutheil, F., Parreira, L. M., Pereira, B., Baldet, M., Marson, F., Chabaud, C., Blot, M., Baker, J. S., Zak, M., Vallet, G., Magnon, V., Clinchamps, M. et Altun, S. (2023). SOphrology intervention to improve WELL-Being in hospital staff (SO-WELL): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20 (2). p. 1185. ISSN 1660-4601 DOI 10.3390/ijerph20021185

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Introduction: Stress at work and psychosocial risks are a major public health problem. Sophrology and neurolinguistic programming (NLP) have demonstrated benefits in terms of mental, physical and social health, both in the general population and in patients, and both in and out of hospital settings. However, these approaches have never been provided at the hospital for the benefit of health professionals at risk of suffering at work. In general, we aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of a hospital sophrology/NLP intervention for health care professionals at risk of stress-related disorders. The secondary objectives are to study (i) within-group, and (ii) between-group): (1) effects on mental, physical, and social health; (2) persistence of effect; (3) relationships between job perception and mental, physical, and social health; (4) intervention success factors (personality and job perception, attendance and practice, other); (5) effects on other stress biomarkers (other measures of autonomic nervous system activity, DHEAS, cortisol, etc.). Methods: Our study will be a randomized controlled prospective study (research involving the human person of type 2). The study will be proposed to any health-care workers (HCW) or any non-HCW (NHCW) from a healthcare institution (such as CHU of Clermont-Ferrand, other hospitals, clinics, retirement homes). Participants will benefit from NLP and sophrology interventions at the hospital. For both groups: (i) heart rate variability, skin conductance and saliva biomarkers will be assessed once a week during the intervention period (6 to 8 sophrology sessions) and once by month for the rest of the time; (ii) the short questionnaire will be collected once a week during the whole protocol (1–2 min); (iii) the long questionnaire will be assessed only 5 times: at baseline (M0), month 1 (M1), month 3 (M3), month 5 (M5) and end of the protocol (M7). Ethics and dissemination: The protocol, information and consent form had received the favorable opinion from the Ethics Committee. Notification of the approval of the Ethics Committee was sent to the study sponsor and the competent authority (ANSM). The study is registered in under the identification number NCT05425511 after the French Ethics Committee’s approval. The results will be reported according to the CONSORT guidelines.

Strengths and limitations of this study: The psychological questionnaires in this study are self-assessed. It is also possible that responses suffer from variation. For the study, participants need to attend 6 to 8 sophrology sessions and one visit per month for 7 months, which might seem demanding. Therefore, to make sure that participants will complete the protocol, two persons will be fully in charge of the participants’ follow-up.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Alternative medicine Mental health Occupation Prevention Stress
Date de dépôt: 31 juill. 2023 17:56
Dernière modification: 31 juill. 2023 17:56
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