What is the purpose of the Lift COVID study?

Experiencing a serious stressor or illness like COVID is really challenging.  As people start to move forward, they often begin to experience new worries about work, family, and what to expect in the future.  So it’s no surprise that these stresses often cause feelings of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD that can last for months to years.

Few programs exist to help people recover from a serious stressor or illness.  You might expect that there are lots of programs available to help with these issues.   Unfortunately, this is not the case.  That is why we’ve developed the LIFT program.

The LIFT program is designed especially for people like you.   LIFT is a new self-guided treatment program that aims to improve your quality of life, reduce your symptoms, help you gain independence quicker, and build stronger relationships with people who are important to you.  LIFT uses a mobile app to deliver automated yet personalized support to people like yourself.

The purpose of the LIFT study.  The LIFT program could represent a way for many hundreds of thousands of people across the country to recover more completely…and faster.  But first we have to determine if LIFT works better than traditional care in a research study.

What happens in the Lift COVID study after I have signed up?

The LIFT study is easy.  It just takes 5 minutes a day for only 1 month!

Step 1: Just after you leave the hospital, someone from the University of Michigan will call you to ask you a few questions that will determine if you qualify for the study.

Step 2:  If you qualify, you will be randomly assigned to either LIFT or traditional care.  The app will tell you which one—and what to expect.

Step 3:  Then you use the LIFT app each day at your convenience for 1 month or receive traditional care.  The team from the University of Michigan will periodically call you to ask questions designed to see how things are going for you.

*Even if you get traditional care, you can still receive access to LIFT after you complete the study.


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