Can a brief online mindfulness-based intervention help to improve mental health and obsessive-compulsive tendencies?

This project is being carried out by Mr Igor Lysagora from the University of Sheffield, under the supervision of Dr Anna Weighall.

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not you would like to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part and ask us any questions that you may have.

What is the purpose of the study?

Many studies have shown the positive effect of mindfulness training for anxiety and depression. This study aims to explore whether using a simple, free mindfulness app on your mobile phone might also help to reduce obsessive-compulsive tendencies.

Why have you been chosen?

As part of this research, we are looking for adults aged 18 or more, who have self-identified as obsessive-compulsive

What will I be asked to do if I agree to take part?

You will be asked to complete an online survey which includes some short questionnaires about your mental health and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. You will then be asked to take part in a mindfulness intervention via a freely available mobile phone app, and to complete the questionnaires again at the end of this time to see whether your symptoms have changed. So that we can measure how effective the mindfulness intervention is we are using something called a ‘wait-list control’ design. This means that you will be randomly allocated to one of 2 groups.

If you are assigned to the first group, you will be asked to complete the mindfulness intervention immediately (for two weeks). If you are assigned to the second group we will ask you to wait for two weeks and then begin the mindfulness intervention. To complete the intervention you will be asked to download a freely available mindfulness mobile application to your mobile phone. Then you will be asked to follow the instructions and use the application for ten minutes each day for two weeks.

Please see the attached Information Sheet for more information or click HERE to start the survey.

Contact for further information

This project is being conducted by Igor Lysagora, an MSc Student in the School of Education. If you require any further information or have any questions about this study, please do not hesitate to contact him, via email at imlysagora@sheffield.ac.uk.