for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Sarah L Patterson, MD
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Sarah L Patterson



This clinical trial will test a mindfulness program in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The main goals of this pilot study are to:

  • Assess patient satisfaction with a mindfulness course
  • Identify barriers to participation in, or completion of, a mindfulness course
  • Gather initial information to understand how a mindfulness course impacts RA symptoms

Participants will:

  • Complete online questionnaires
  • Attend two in-person study visits, involving a brief joint exam and blood draw
  • Roughly half the participants will have the chance to participate in an 8-week online mindfulness course
  • Roughly half the participants will be invited to participate in an online focus group following completion of the mindfulness course

Researchers will compare those in the mindfulness course with those receiving standard care in preparation for a larger future study to see how mindfulness impacts stress and inflammation in individuals with RA.


Participants will complete an initial eligibility screening, and if they are eligible, they will meet with a study staff member to review study procedures and answer any questions they might have about participating. If they would like to participate following this meeting, they will provide written consent and be enrolled in the study. Following enrollment, participants will complete an in-person study visit that will last up to one hour and include a brief joint exam, blood draw, and questionnaires. After this study visit, they will be randomly assigned to "treatment-as-usual" (TAU) or the mindfulness group. If assigned to the mindfulness group, they will participate in an 8-week online mindfulness course and online focus group following the course. All participants will complete a final in-person study visit at the end of the study, which will mimic the procedures of the first study visit.


Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Mindfulness, Rheumatic Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Mindfulness Program


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  • Physician-confirmed diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Access to a web-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet

You CAN'T join if...

  • RA disease activity in remission
  • Current regular mindfulness practice (> 20 minutes per week)
  • Inability to participate in an intensive 8-week online mindfulness course
  • Prior participation in a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course


  • Osher Center for Integrative Health accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94115 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Sarah L Patterson, MD
    Dr. Patterson received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her MD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed her post-doctoral training at UCSF, including her internal medicine residency, rheumatology fellowship, and a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded post-doctoral fellowship in integrative medicine research.


accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
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Expecting 40 study participants
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