Fitbit Care Study

Join the UMass Memorial Fitbit Care Study and get a FREE* Fitbit device

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Update - Enrollment is full for the Fitbit Care Study

UMass Memorial benefits-enrolled caregivers have the opportunity to participate in an exciting new research study!

Enroll by January 27, 2021 for a chance to be one of 600 participants in a personalized well-being clinical research trial with Fitbit Care AND earn a $100 gift card**. Those who enroll may receive:

  • 1:1 personal support from a certified Fitbit Health Coach
  • Fitbit Premium workouts, meditation tracks, and guided programs
  • An easy-to-use Fitbit Aria Air smart scale

Thank you for your interest, but study enrollment is full.

If new spots become available, we will send out a communication.

About the Fitbit Care Study

What is this study?

Fitbit and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are collaborating to study the impact of Fitbit Care (a suite of Fitbit products including wearable devices, behavior change support software, and a 1:1 health coach) on health outcomes and healthcare costs of UMass Memorial Health Care caregivers. This is a clinical research trial and is not a benefits program of UMass Memorial Health Care. The work is supported by a Right Care 4 You grant from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and the MassTech Collaborative with the goal of learning lessons to improve the effectiveness and adoption of digital health products and to drive positive change for Massachusetts employers and employees.

What to Expect

You should be interested in improving your health and willing to wear a Fitbit device, use a Fitbit scale, and work with a health coach for a year to join this study.

The Study groups

If you qualify for the Fitbit Care Study, you will be randomly assigned by chance (like flipping a coin) to 1 of 2 groups within the study, the Fitbit Care intervention group or the control group. If you are assigned to the Fitbit Care intervention group, you will receive additional health and wellness support, including no-cost access to a wrist-worn Fitbit device, Fitbit scale, and Fitbit Premium + Health Coaching service. If you are assigned to the control group, you will not receive additional support as part of the study, but you will receive a Fitbit device if you complete the study. In either case, your standard health and wellness benefits from your UMass Memorial Health Care sponsored health plan will stay the same.

Who can participate in the Fitbit Care Study?

You are able to participate in the study if you:

  • Are a UMass Memorial Health Care employee enrolled in a UMass Memorial Health Care sponsored health plan
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have a smartphone (required for the Fitbit app)
  • Are not pregnant or planning to become pregnant

Frequently Asked Questions

How will participating in this research study benefit me?
We cannot promise any benefits if you take part in this research. Possible benefits to you include:

  • Improved health behaviors (activity, nutrition, sleep, stress management)
  • Improved biometrics (blood pressure, hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, weight, waist circumference, etc.)
  • Decreased healthcare costs in the long-term
  • Two biometric screenings and results at no cost to you

The benefits of taking part may not continue after this research has ended.

Will it cost me any money to participate in this research?
There is no cost to you to participate in this research.

Will I be given any money or other compensation for being in this study?

  • No matter which study group you are randomized to, you are eligible to receive a $100 gift card if you complete the study by completing several surveys and attending both biometric screenings. Participants in both groups will be given the $100 gift card at the end of the study.
  • If you are randomized to the Fitbit Care intervention group, you will receive a Fitbit device, scale, a 1 year no-cost Fitbit Premium membership, and access to a Fitbit health coach. You will be able to keep the Fitbit device and scale at the end of the study.
  • If you are randomized to the Control group, you will receive a Fitbit device after completing the final biometric screening.

What happens if I say yes, but I change my mind later?
You are free to depart from the study whenever you would like. If you decide to leave this research, contact the research team using the information provided on the first page so that the investigator can remove you from the study. If you wish your data to be removed from the study, let the research team know this request.

Where do I go for the Biometric Screening?
The onsite biometric screening will take place at the Worcester Business Center in the Large Training Room at 67 Millbrook Street.

When is the Biometric Screening?
Dates for the biometric screening will be provided after you consent to and enroll in the research study.

Will you be collecting any specimens from me?

  • Yes, at enrollment and at the end of the study a standard blood draw (from a vein) for lab tests will be collected.
  • The blood sample will be analyzed for hemoglobin A1c (a measure of long-term blood sugar), and cholesterol (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL). You will be provided with a report of your results from the biometric data collection company.
  • Your blood will not be saved for additional tests at a later time.
  • The research will not include whole-genome sequencing.

How long is this research study?
The study will last 1 year, plus or minus several weeks to allow for scheduling of your final biometric data collection.

What happens if I say yes, I want to be in this research?

  • Enrollment: Acknowledge and agree to the study consent form, complete the entrance survey, schedule your entrance biometric screening, and attend the screening and, if applicable, pick up your program materials.
  • Ongoing Participation: Whether you are in the Fitbit Care intervention group or the Control group, you will receive an email to complete a short survey every 3 months.
  • Closing: Complete your final survey, schedule and attend your exit biometric screening, where you’ll receive a $100 gift card. If part of the Control group, this is also when you will receive your Fitbit device.

What are my responsibilities if I take part in this research?

If you take part in this research, you will be responsible for:

  • Continue to manage your health with your healthcare providers and let them know that you are participating in this study. This study simply aims to help you to improve your health behaviors in alignment with the recommendations of your healthcare providers.
  • Tell the research staff if you become pregnant. (There are no known significant risks to participating in this study if you are pregnant, but the data about biometrics and insurance claims will be less useful for the purposes of the study given that these are known to change during pregnancy.)
  • Tell the research staff if anything happens in your health or in your life that affects your ability to continue participating in this study.

* A free Fitbit device will be given to all study participants to keep after the study has ended. Participants will be assigned and made aware of their study group – Intervention or Control – at the time of the onsite biometric screening event. Intervention group participants will receive a no-cost Fitbit device at the start of the study. Control group participants will receive a no-cost Fitbit device upon completion of the study and must attend the exit screening event in order to receive the device reward.
** A $100 gift card will be given to all study participants for the attendance and completion of the Fitbit Care Study Exit Biometric Screening.
+ The Fitbit Care experience will only be provided to study participants who are randomly assigned to the intervention group. This assignment will be determined during your onsite screening appointment.
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