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Evaluation of HRV Biofeedback as a Resilience Building Intervention in the Reserve Component

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2016,31 Jul 2017

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RTI International Research Triangle Park United States

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The specific aims of this study are to 1 develop a mobile app for use with the BART protocol 2 examine the relationship between baseline heart rate variability HRV and resilience, mental health, substance use, stress and physical health measures 3 examine how much military personnel with mental health symptoms have lower HRVs and resilience measures at baseline and change over time 4 find out how having other mental health issues may affect the impact of HRV-BART on resilience, coping, and PTG scale scores. The study team will recruit 500 Reserve Component service members RCSMs through behavioral health providers and inactive duty training activities. RCSMs will be randomized to receive a 1.5-hour group introductory training in either HRV-BART or relaxation breathing alone and be assessed on baseline HRV and mental and physical health questionnaires. To date, we have received all IRB approvals, conducted a pilot test determining optimal data collection devices, have developed the software and other programming needed for the study, developed all recruitment materials, and begun data collection and tracking.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

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