Visual Universitätsmedizin Mainz

Web-based Mindfulness and Skills Based Distress Reduction for cancer patients: A multi-center, randomized, controlled intervention study (Reduct)

Principal investigator

Prof. Dr. Jörg Wiltink
PD Dr. Rüdiger Zwerenz

Project team

B. Sc. (Psych.) Jana Deinet (research assistant)
B. Sc. (Psych.) Florian Jung (research assistant)

Former colleagues

B. Sc. (Psych.) Katharina Hoffers (research assistant)

Research topic

The aim of the Reduct study is to examine the effectiveness of Make It training (Mindfulness- and Skills-Based Distress Reduction Training in Oncology). The Make It training is a digital training course intended to offer patients suffering from cancer support in dealing with disease-related stress. The support offered is based on established psychotherapeutic methods from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction and acceptance and commitment therapy. It conveys information relevant to the disease and includes practical exercises on coping strategies that are intended to provide support in dealing with cancer. As part of a randomized controlled study, the effectiveness of the digital support offer (Make It Training) is examined with regard to various disease-related burdens.


The Reduct study is a joint project of the clinics for psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy in Essen, Tübingen and Erlangen and is carried out in cooperation with study centers in Freiburg, Leipzig, Mainz and Munich as well as the Fraunhofer Institute Dortmund, the center for clinical studies (ZKS) of the University Hospital in Tübingen , the Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics (IKEaB) of the University Hospital Tübingen and the Chair for Medical Management in Essen.