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New Question from October 2010 regarding 1st year medical students (or any early training students) and the term "patients" in one of the surveys
Thank you for your question. Due to the strict nature of copyright, we were unable to change that word to something more broad, but really the questions are getting at anyone you're having to deal with regularly (ie: fellow students, family members, friends). So even if you are not regularly interacting with patients yet, please know that your experience interacting with others in general is valid information for the questions.

What is the time commitment of participation in this study?
If you are randomized to an intervention group, you will be asked to do your interventions 3x per week for roughly 20 minutes each time for a duration of 3 months. You will also be asked to fill out <15 minutes of surveys at entrance to the study, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months from entrance to the study.

What is the purpose of this study?
Our research questions are as follows:
Will relaxation techniques and/or CBT worksheet, administered via a website, reduce or prevent medical student burnout?
Does an internally focused locus of control (high I score) correlate to greater utilization of the interventions?
Do scores on a distress thermometer correlate well to burnout scores?

Who is eligible for the study?
Any current University of Colorado at Denver health sciences student 18 years of age or older.

What do the consent and HIPAA documents entail?
If you click "register" at wellness.ucdenver.edu, you will be able to access the HIPAA form and consent before you enter the study. You may download these to your hard drive if you desire.

How do I use my interventions?
Relaxation
1) Download the two mp3s – beach and meadow, preferably to a folder on your desktop entitled “Burnout Study”
2) Double-click on either file once downloaded – your computer will either already know how to play an mp3 file, or ask you what program to use to open the file. If you have iTunes, you may use this. If you do not have mp3 playing technology, please download one of the following free applications – Windows Media Player, etc.
3) You may want to save the mp3s to a portable mp3 player like an iphone or ipod.
4) Sit in a quiet location where you will not be disturbed for 20 minutes. Listen and follow the visualization directions on the mp3.
5) Play either mp3, whichever you prefer, 3x per week.

Worksheet:
1. Download the word document file, preferably to a folder on your computer entitled “Burnout Study”
2. Open the file
3. Read the instructions for how to fill out the worksheet
4. Fill out the worksheet, either by printing out the document, or on your computer.
5. You need not save your work, although you can if you would like – however please save a blank version of the worksheet so that you can easily use it.
6. Fill out this worksheet 3x per week. Expect to spend about 20 minutes each time.

Control:
You do not have an intervention. Please go about your life as usual, and return to fill out surveys when you are sent email reminders.

I am having technical difficulties related to the study. Who should I contact?
We apologize for your technical difficulties! Thank you for your patience in addressing them. Please log into the research website at wellness.ucdenver.edu and click on "comments/questions" at the bottom of any page to enter questions anonymously. Alternatively, you may email wellness@ucdenver.edu however, your email will not be anonymous. If you contact us anonymously, we will post a response on this FAQ page as soon as possible. If this is something we need to run by our IT staff, it may take a few days to post an answer. Please keep checking back.

How do I contact someone regarding problems/comments/questions?
Please log into the research website at wellness.ucdenver.edu and click on "comments/questions" at the bottom of any page to enter questions anonymously. Alternatively, you may email wellness@ucdenver.edu however, your email will not be anonymous. If you contact us anonymously, we will post a response on this FAQ page as soon as possible. If this is something we need to run by our IT staff, it may take a few days to post an answer. Please keep checking back.

How do I drop out of the study?
Please log into the research website at wellness.ucdenver.edu and click on "comments/questions" at the bottom of any page.  Express your desire to drop out of the study and why, along with providing your email.  This comment will be read and your email will be forwarded to our server managers, who will remove you from the database.