Why is the BLUEPRINT study important?

Serious illness is really challenging.  As people start to recover, 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.   Yet few programs exist to help people manage a serious illness.  And that is why we’ve developed the BLUEPRINT program.

BLUEPRINT 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.  BLUEPRINT uses a mobile app to deliver personalized support to people like yourself.

What happens in the BLUEPRINT study after I have signed up?

The BLUEPRINT study is easy!  It takes less than 10 minutes a day for a month.

Step 1: Just after you leave the hospital, the BLUEPRINT mobile app will send you an alert to complete a brief survey.  This will determine if you qualify for the study.

Step 2:  If you qualify, you will be randomly assigned to 1 of the 2 versions of BLUEPRINT–or usual care.  But even if you are assigned to the usual care group, you will receive access to the BLUEPRINT program as soon as you are done.

Step 3:  Then you use the BLUEPRINT app daily for a month.  You’ll answer a few short surveys through the app at the end of that month, as well as 2 months later.  That’s it!

Could this help others?

The BLUEPRINT program could represent a way to help many hundreds of thousands of people across the country who experience serious illnesses.  But first we have to determine which of 2 versions of BLUEPRINT works best–and if they are better than usual care–in a research study.

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BLUEPRINT is supported by a generous grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  Our ClinicalTrials.gov listing is viewable here.