Meditation and Education That is Nurse Delivered for Symptom Management in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (PAF)


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Trial ID: NCT03834844


The aim of this project is to determine whether the entire intervention (Mindfulness meditation, AF education, and weekly phone visits) that is nurse delivered to individuals with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is more effective than a combination, single or no intervention in the reduction of overall AF symptoms, anxiety, and negative illness perception; or the improvement of quality of life (QOL) and functional status.

Official Title

Mindfulness Meditation and Patient Education for Symptom Management in Individuals With Atrial Fibrillation(AF): Do They Need to Be Offered Together?

Stanford Investigator(s)

Linda K. Ottoboni, PhD, CNS
Linda K. Ottoboni, PhD, CNS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health


Inclusion Criteria:

1. Individuals with Symptomatic Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
2. A symptomatic episode of PAF within last 6 months
3. 18 years old or greater
4. Able to read and understand English
5. Able to participate in weekly phone calls
6. Able to attend two video visit/phone sessions that are 6 weeks apart

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Diagnosed with low cardiac function (NYHA Class IV)
2. Life expectancy of less than 6 months
3. Hospitalized in prior 3 months for illness other than PAF
4. Previously practiced mindfulness
5. Cognitive impairment


behavioral: Meditation

other: AF Education

other: Phone Calls


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Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Linda Ottoboni, PhD