Mindfulness intervention in paediatric CF

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    A feasibility study of an online Paws b mindfulness course for children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and their siblings.



  • Contact name

    Sally Ann Harris

  • Contact email


  • Sponsor organisation

    Brighton and Sussex University Hospital (BSUH) NHS trust

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 0 months, 0 days

  • Research summary

    This feasibility study of mindfulness training in paediatric Cystic fibrosis (CF) follows a successful service development project funded by the Rockinghorse children’s charity, in which nine mothers of children with CF completed the 8-week ‘Rockinghorse Nurturing Parents Mindfulness-based Well-being Group in CF’ (NP group) in 2018-19. Mothers reported a wide range of psychological benefits, including improvements in anxiety, depression, and parenting stress. Mothers who participated in NP group provided feedback about their experience of learning mindfulness skills and highlighted the need for additional mindfulness training for their child with CF and siblings. Based on their own experiences, mothers felt that mindfulness might help their child with CF, as well as siblings, to manage CF-related stress, anxiety, and low mood. As such we would like to offer children with CF and their siblings access to a mindfulness group. The intervention will be offered online because children with CF cannot meet in person due to infection risk.

    The study will explore if an online mindfulness intervention is beneficial for children with CF and what factors might affect recruitment to a larger study, adherence with the intervention and possible study withdrawal. The overarching objective of this study is to establish whether a definitive multi-centre RCT of the effectiveness of online Paws b course with children with CF and their siblings is feasible.

    Children will be offered the mindfulness course ‘Pause Breathe Be ‘(Paws b) developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP). MiSP is a U.K. charity and leader in the field of mindfulness in education in the U.K. Paws b is usually delivered face to face in a school classroom, by a teacher. For this pilot study MiSP has granted exceptional permission for Paws b to be delivered online to children with CF in their own homes via the online platform Zoom. www.zoom.co.uk

  • REC name

    West Midlands - Edgbaston Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    11 Jan 2021

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion