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Studies Found: 42

A Computer Program Designed for Older Adults with Depression

(IRB#: IRB_00103167)

The purpose of this study is to see how well older adults with depression can use a computer program designed to improve certain types of thinking skills (CCR-GD). We also want to learn whether participating in CCR-GD will improve both a persons thinking and mood. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

A Machine Learning Model as an Automatic Tool to Record Human Behavior

(IRB#: IRB_00157027)

A machine learning model may automatically record a human's challenging behavior. Research is needed to learn the value of the model. We want to learn three specific things. 1) How well the model can track challenging behavior? 2) Can the model produce new information based on previous training? 3) How accurate and reliable the model can track challenging behavior based on the new information? The information we gain may aid future patients

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  • All genders
  • All Ages
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

A new wearable device for promoting healthy sleeping

(IRB#: IRB_00165943)

The sleep wellness device we are testing produces electromagnetic frequencies that may help relax the brain. It is a wearable band that rests on the back of the neck. This study is testing whether this new device promotes sleep quality for those looking to improve their sleep. We will begin with a baseline week (wearing a fitbit sleep monitor and answering questionniares and a text-message based sleep diary). After baseline, participants will be randomized to wear the device or a placebo for 28 days. In the last week, participants will wear the fitbit again for 7 days and answer questionnaires again to look at how sleep has changed over the 28 day period wearing the sleep wellness device. Only half of the people in this study will have their devices turned on in the active mode. The other half will not have the device on but not in the active mode. This decision will be made randomly and people in the study will not know if their device is on or off. Between 28 days and 3 months, all devices will be activated. Participants can wear the device as much as they would like. We will conduct one more questionniare assessment at 3 months.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

A Program to Promote Resilience in Stroke Survivors and Care Partners

(IRB#: IRB_00142681)

Stroke can have a large impact on a persons life as well as their family. Unfortunately, changes in mood, such as feeling down, anxious, or having difficulty enjoying things, can be a common experience for persons who have had a stroke. Similarly, changes in mood can also affect the persons partner, who provides support. We have created a program for couples who are coping with the effects of stroke. Research is needed to better understand how to design the most effective program that improves the emotional health of couples coping with stroke.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Adaptive Cycling for People with Paralysis

(IRB#: IRB_00166092)

This study is to establish a live-cast adaptive spinning program for individuals 18 years and older who have paralysis living outside of Salt Lake County, Utah County, Weber Count, and Davis County. Participate in adaptive spinning twice a week for 60 minutes over 8 weeks from your home. We will loan a cycle for you to participate.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Behavior Therapy (CBT) on Mental Health for Adults with Pulmonary Fibrosis

(IRB#: IRB_00161709)

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that causes the lungs to scar over time making it hard to breathe. Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a way to help people make changes in their life that may reduce stress from the disease. Research is needed to see if CBT improves mental health and is effective using an app on a persons mobile device such as a cell phone. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Behavioral micro-feature discovery using artificial intelligence

(IRB#: IRB_00135711)

This study uses artificial intelligence technology to discover facial and vocal micro-features in individuals with and without depression.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Building Transition Readiness Skills for Adolescents and Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

(IRB#: IRB_00156291)

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common birth defects with most major effects diagnosed in infancy. Because there is no cure for CHD it is a lifelong chronic illness. Research is needed to understand the needs of people with CHD as they transition from child to adulthood. This information will improve the care and quality of life for people with CHD.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Cannabis (CBD) Effects of Treating People for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

(IRB#: IRB_00124865)

Cannabis (CBD) is a treatment shown to reduce non-cancer chronic pain. Research is needed to learn more about how CBD impacts brain chemistry. The information learned will help us better understand the effectiveness of CBD for improving the health of people suffering from chronic pain.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Caracterizar la variabilidad en el funcionamiento ejecutivo y diario en adultos hispanos y latinos mayores (Characterizing Variability in Executive and Daily Functioning in Hispanic and Latino/a/e Older Adults)

(IRB#: IRB_00166063)

Estamos analizando las relaciones entre las habilidades de pensamiento y funcionamiento cotidiano en adultos de habla hispana quienes tienen de 50 años en adelante. Estamos observando el impacto de varios factores diarios, tal como el estado de ánimo, sueño y dolor en la habilidad de pensar y completar tareas todos los días. El estudio implicaría venir a la Universidad de Utah para una consulta de investigación de 4 horas y luego hacer tareas diarias en su casa por las siguientes 3 semanas. ¡Le pagaremos su participación! No tiene que tener número de seguro social para participar. Comuníquese con nosotros para más información si está interesado y cumple con el criterio del estudio. (We are examining the relationship between thinking skills and daily functioning in Spanish-speaking adults who are 50 and older. We are looking at the impact of many daily life factors, such as mood, sleep, and pain, on your ability to think and get tasks done each day. The study will involve coming to the University of Utah for a 4-hour research visit and then doing daily tasks at home for the following 3 weeks. We will pay you for your participation! You do not need to have a social security number to participate. Please contact us for more information if you are interested and meet the study criteria.)

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Caregivers' Emotions to Their Young Children Related to Stress

(IRB#: IRB_00165890)

This study is to better understand families' experiences with their young children. We want to know about the emotions that caregivers show to their children and how these are related to caregivers' stress levels. This will help us better support families and their young children. People in this study will complete surveys on an iPad or phone for 14 days for one month. Compensation is provided for the completion of surveys. Participant names are not identified. What we learn will help us better understand how caregivers stress and emotions are expressed to their children.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Chronic Non-Cancer pain MRI research study evaluating the effects of oral cannabis on chronic pain

(IRB#: IRB_00103451)

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effects of two substances derived from cannabis (THC and CBD) in participants with chronic non-cancer pain compared with a placebo. The study drug will be administered as an extract mixed in chocolate pudding. Participants will be allowed to stay on their current pain treatments for the study but may not add any more medications during the study. Participation in this study will be confidential. This study has been approved by the FDA, DEA, and University of Utah IRB.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Couples, healthy aging, rhythms and sleep study (CHARMS)

(IRB#: IRB_00158095)

As people get older they are more likely to have changes to their bodys rhythms, like waking up too early or in the middle of the night. As people get older, their sleep quality also goes down. We also know that sleep in one partner can affect the sleep of the other. Research is showing that having regular sleep/wake rhythms and good quality sleep can help your memory as you get older. The goal of this study is to understand how sleep in couples affects each others sleep and memory over a 2-year period.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Depression and Motor Function Study

(IRB#: IRB_00139658)

This study will enroll participants with and without depression to study difference in motor functions between these groups, to understand if motor function predicts response to treatment, and to identify the brain regions involved in motor dysfunction in depression.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on the Brain with Emotions

(IRB#: IRB_00109039)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a safe way to help a persons brain. Research is needed to understand how the brain works when a person is emotional. The information we learn will help us know the impact repeated TMS over the front of the brain has on a persons emotions.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Emotion Regulation and Depression in Older Adults

(IRB#: IRB_00109640)

Emotional regulation (ER) may be how a person behaves in social settings and in decision-making. Most ER research is from young adults. We want to learn about ER in older adults and the impact of depression. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET): A Study Treatment for People Living with Migraine

(IRB#: IRB_00164970)

Migraine headaches are a severe health problem. Though there is current medication and ways to help people with migraine, most still have issues. A persons level of stress and past traumatic experiences may cause migraine. Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) is a new way to help people manage emotions. We want to know how effective EAET is at reducing migraine. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Exercise and Brain Function

(IRB#: IRB_00152596)

Exercise is known for helping a persons brain function. Research is needed to better understand how exercise may help improve the brain's learning and memory processes. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • Male Only
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Hair Chemicals in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00153961)

Chemicals applied to a childs hair may impact health outcomes, especially for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Research is needed to learn how chemicals in these children's hair such as zinc, copper, and lead affect health. We also want to know if finding these chemicals in hair is a way to detect autism disorder sooner. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Under 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Health and Safety Consequences of Poor Sleep Health

(IRB#: IRB_00133959)

Sleep is a key factor affecting your overall health. We want to investigate if altering your nightly sleep duration impacts your bodys metabolism (how you metabolize food). We will also look at your physical activity, food intake, and cognition during the study.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Home- and Community-Based Services for Veterans with Cognitive Impairments and their Caregivers

(IRB#: IRB_00152365)

Veterans are at a high risk of having Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD). This is because of military experiences like traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Family members often provide care for Veterans with AD/ADRD. This allows them to live at home in their community. Research is needed to learn about these Veterans and caregivers' current needs and the best home- and community-based care services. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

How COVID-19 has Impacted Secondary School Aged Students with Autism

(IRB#: IRB_00135759)

The purpose of this study is to explore the academic, psychological and social experiences of secondary school aged individuals with an autism spectrum disorder during COVID-19.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

How Meditation Reduces Chronic Low Back Pain and Opioid Use By Changing the Brain

(IRB#: IRB_00133405)

We are comparing two different forms of meditation-based group therapy versus usual care for people taking opioids to alleviate chronic low back pain. In this study, you may be randomly selected to participate in one of two different forms of meditation-based group therapy (8 weekly sessions), or to continue with your usual low back pain care. You will participate in a pain challenge where you have your brain scanned while you practice meditation to reduce discomfort caused by heat delivered by a safe scientific instrument. You will be compensated for your participation.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Improving Assessment of Executive Functioning in Culturally Diverse Older Adults

(IRB#: IRB_00145891)

Neuropsychological evaluations are often used to help doctors determine how well an individual can live independently. However, many of the tests neuropsychologists use were developed on non-Hispanic White individuals and are not as accurate in culturally diverse individuals. The goal of this study is to determine which measures are best for assessing functioning in culturally-diverse individuals so that neuropsychologists have a better understanding of how improve the accuracy of their assessments.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Improving Congenital Heart Disease Care for Adolescents and Young Adults

(IRB#: IRB_00149991)

Congenital Heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common birth defects with most major effects diagnosed in infancy. Because there is no cure for CHD it is a lifelong chronic illness. Research is needed to understand the needs of people with CHD as they transition from child to adulthood. This information will improve the care and quality of life for people with CHD.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Improving Mental Health Therapy Inequities and Disparities

(IRB#: IRB_00149225)

Racism is a fundamental cause of health inequities and disparities that severely impact the health of Americans. Research is needed to better understand mental health therapists anti-racist practices with people who identify their race as white. The information learned will help design more equitable strategies for people receiving mental health therapy.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Impulsiveness and Suicide of Young Adults with Bipolar Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00137442)

Bipolar disorder may increase suicide risk, especially in young adults. Impulsiveness and suicidal thoughts can create a higher risk and make it harder to control thoughts of suicide. Research is needed to learn how bipolar disorder may be connected to impulsiveness and suicidal thoughts. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • 7 to 17 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Massage and the Brain

(IRB#: IRB_00155218)

In 2018, over 47.5 million adult Americans received at least one massage. Although massage is commonly used to improve overall health and symptoms of depression and anxiety, the effects on the brain are unclear. This study will use fMRI, an image taken to show how the brain responds to whole-body massage. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Massage for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

(IRB#: IRB_00153327)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is very upsetting and disabling for people. Massage is known to decrease anxiety. Research is needed to study the effects massage has on symptoms of anxiety and the brain. The information we learn will improve our knowledge of massage to provide more options of care for people with GAD.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

New Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Software to Improve Diagnosis of People with Neurovascular Diseases.

(IRB#: IRB_00162281)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a way to form pictures inside of a persons body. A new MRI software has been designed to improve the quality and diagnosis of neurovascular diseases in the brain and surrounding areas. These diseases can cause problems in the muscles and nerves of a persons body. We want to learn if new MRI software creates better pictures to help people with neurovascular diseases. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Preventing Perinatal Depression using an Online Intervention in a Healthcare System

(IRB#: IRB_00159109)

Women may suffer from depression before and after childbirth. This is called perinatal depression. Access to mental health resources can be difficult in both urban and rural areas. An online prevention program as part of a healthcare system may be a tool to access education and mental health resources. Research is needed to learn if using this tool is effective at preventing perinatal depression. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Prevention for People with Type 2 Diabetes

(IRB#: IRB_00166946)

A persons lifestyle shows to help prevent diabetes. A persons health may be influenced by their partner. Research is needed to learn how useful and successful a diabetes prevention program is when educating a patient with type 2 diabetes and their partner. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Prevention for People with Type 2 Diabetes

(IRB#: IRB_00143079)

A persons lifestyle shows to help prevent diabetes. A persons health may be influenced by their partner. Research is needed to learn how useful and successful a diabetes prevention program is when educating a patient with type 2 diabetes and their partner. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Sleep Problems and Suicide Risk in Young Adults with Bipolar Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00162759)

Bipolar disorder may increase suicide risk, especially in young adults. Sleep problems can create a higher risk for suicide and make it hard to control thoughts of suicide. We want to learn if sleep problems and the ability to control thoughts of suicide create a greater risk in young adults with bipolar disorder. The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • 7 to 17 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Storing Information for People with Mood Disorders

(IRB#: IRB_00154013)

Mood disorders like major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder can be long-lasting, reoccurring illnesses. Current ways to help many people often have major barriers. We wish to create a place for research to be stored for people with mood disorders. This will help us design and recruit people to participate in current and future studies of mood disorders.

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  • All genders
  • Over 7 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

SUBLIME - Study of Utahns' Beliefs and Life Experiences with Integrative Medicine

(IRB#: IRB_00164305)

This study is evaluating Utah's Medical Cannabis Program. The study will survey people with and without a medical cannabis card. Currently, participants are only enrolling people without a medical cannabis card. People in this study will receive electronic surveys that will ask about their health. Surveys are completed at three different time points over one year. Questions are asked about physical, behavioral, and medical health.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior During and After Pregnancy

(IRB#: IRB_00126952)

Pregnancy can be a stressful time in a womans life. This may cause women to have thoughts or actions about self-harm or suicide while they are pregnant. Research is needed to learn more about the effects of motherhood on mental health. The information we learn will help us provide better support for all women during and after pregnancy.

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  • Female Only
  • Under 7 or over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   From Home
  • Paid

 

Treating healthcare provider burnout using Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

(IRB#: IRB_00152312)

Many healthcare providers on the frontlines of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic felt burnt out and depressed. We want to see if mindfulness training helps with these feelings. We also want to see if psilocybin-assisted therapy helps with these feelings. The frontline healthcare providers who sign up will get mindfulness training for 8 weeks. Half of the providers will also get psilocybin-assisted therapy.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

University of Utah Long Covid Registry

(IRB#: IRB_00140978)

Researchers at the University of Utah have established a registry to follow individuals who are experiencing prolonged symptoms after COVID-19 infection. We are interested in following people with "Long Covid" using in depth health surveys and optional blood draws to better understand this condition with the goal of ultimately developing clinical management strategies.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   From Home
  • Unpaid

 

Using Mindfulness Techniques to Treat Chronic Pain and Reduce Opioid Use

(IRB#: IRB_00135443)

In this study, we will teach participants mindfulness techniques to help them cope with chronic lower back pain. You must be at least 18 years of age with a diagnosis of lower back pain and taking a prescription opioid medication to participate. Those who choose to enroll will participate in 4 weeks of group therapy (30 minutes per week) group sessions led by a masters-level therapist and prescribed daily at-home mindfulness practice. Participants will be evaluated using interviews and surveys before, after, and during the group therapy intervention.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Vanpools for Frontline Healthcare Workers

(IRB#: IRB_00166630)

Sick of the stress of commuting? Done with traffic? Then join the Vanpool Trial at the U! We are looking for participants who want to change how they commute to UHealth. Anyone who commutes to a UHealth location is eligible to participate. We are testing Vanpools, in partnership with UTA and UCAIR, to understand how it impacts employee commute stress, quality of life, and your views of public transit and climate change. Vanpools are shared commute vans that a group of people use to get to and from a neighborhood to work. Eligible participants will be randomized to either a vanpool or a educational intervention, so you must be willing to join a vanpool for up to 5 months. Contact us today to learn how you can join!

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Unpaid

 

Virtual Reality and Mindfulness Therapy for People with Opioid Use Disorder

(IRB#: IRB_00157860)

Virtual reality is a technology device used to create an unreal environment for people to face situations such as Opioid (drug) Use Disorder (OUD). A therapy called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) has been shown to help people with chronic pain and other issues of OUD. Research is needed to learn if VR with MORE is just as well as MORE without VR. We hope to apply what we learn to better help people using Telehealth (doctor visits received outside of doctors offices such as on a computer). The information we gain may aid future patients.

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  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Volunteers with special conditions
  •   In Person
  • Paid

 

Last Updated: 6/8/23