Table 1 Source and relevance of variables selected for statistical analysis.

From: Only vulnerable adults show change in chronic low-grade inflammation after contemplative mental training: evidence from a randomized clinical trial

MeasureIndicator ofAssessment methodRelevance
IL-6, hs-CRPChronic inflammationBloodPrimary outcome measure
IL-6/hs-CRP levels at T0Subject-specific inflammatory load/risk statusBloodPotential predictor of individual responsiveness to training
SexSex-differencesSelf-reportIndicator of sex-specific training effects and steroid effects on IL-6/hs-CRP
AgePhysical constitutionSelf-reportPotential confounding variable
BMIPhysical constitutionPhysical assessmentPotential confounding variable
TICS, PSSChronic stressSelf-reportPotential mediator of training effect
Change in physical exercise, sleep, healthy dietHealth-related behaviorSelf-reportPotential confound for training effect
N core exercises practicedPractice intensityTracking through online platformPotential modulator of training effect
  1. Note: The four columns outline which larger constructs we aimed to assess (“Indicator of”), which measures were used for this purpose (“Measures”), through which method these measures were assessed (“Assessment method”), and their conceptual relevance to the planned analyses (“Relevance”). BMI denotes body mass index; IL-6, interleukin-6; hs-CRP, high sensitive C-reactive protein; TICS, Trier Inventory for Chronic Stress; PSS, Perceived Stress Scale.