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Breathe for Hot Flashes

Janet Carpenter at Indiana University School of Nursing
Study abstract

This randomized, controlled trial evaluates a CD-based breathing program against a DVD-based breathing program against no-treatment usual care among breast cancer survivors and menopausal women without breast cancer. Aims are to evaluate (1) efficacy for physiologic and subjective hot flashes (objective frequency and subjective frequency, severity, bother, duration), (2) efficacy for perceived hot flash interference and associated outcomes (mood, affect, sleep), (3) differences in efficacy between breast cancer survivors and menopausal women without cancer, and (4) acceptability and usability in anticipation of disseminating findings into clinical practice (treatment acceptability, outcome expectancy, treatment credibility, and frequency of practice and application). This study will also examine baseline characteristics as potential covariates of efficacy, including objective hot flash frequency, body mass index, race, ethnicity, education, prior breath training, smoking status, menopausal status, use of selective estrogen receptor modulators or aromatase inhibitors, use of other hot flash treatments, and comorbidities.

Study review

This study at Indiana University is investigating whether women can learn how to manage their hot flashes through breathing. The researchers were looking to enroll at least 91 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on April 21, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on February 1, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 52 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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Breathe for Hot Flashes Study

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