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Can I Make Money Participating in Medical Research?  Yes!

[fa icon="calendar'] March 22, 2017 / by Deena Neste posted in Participant Education, Clinical Trials

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Participate in Medical Research Studies and Get Paid!

Participants are an integral part of clinical research studies and without them, medical advancements simply would not be possible.  At Physician's Research Group (PRG), we know your time is valuable, and we respect that. We provide you compensation for both your time and travel on every visit—including the initial visit—as long as you have signed an informed consent form (ICF).

 

Here's how our process works:  

 

All of our current clinical trials offer compensation to patients who meet the criteria for entrance into the research study.  And PRG provides medical study volunteers with compensation on the day of each visit—you don’t have to wait until the end of the study to get paid.

 

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Help with Post-Partum Depression - Clinical Research Trial Announcement

[fa icon="calendar'] January 23, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Available Studies

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Many parents look forward to welcoming a new baby into their lives. But for the many mothers who suffer the effects of Post-Partum Depression, or PPD, that process can be less than easy. Physicians Research Group (PRG) hopes that a new clinical trial will make things easier for future mothers.

Post-Partum Depression symptoms include, but are not limited to, impaired sleep and appetite, profound irritability, and difficulty bonding with baby. Severity of symptoms varies amongst PPD sufferers. The condition usually commences just before or after the birth of a child, and can improve within a few months when treated properly.

Currently, treatment for PPD patients includes counselling, antidepressants and hormone therapies. Researchers are working hard to find a single therapy that can help everyone who is experiencing moderate to severe effects of PPD.

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Paid Clinical Trials—Know the facts!

[fa icon="calendar'] December 28, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in Clinical Trials

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We have all heard, read, or seen the ads: you will be paid for your participation in a clinical trial. It sounds good, but you should always be aware of what “paid clinical trials” or “paid research trials” actually means.

A clinical trial, research trial, or clinical study, is a program designed by a pharmaceutical or device company to research their medication or device for its safety and effectiveness in humans. Many of these programs offer individuals payment in exchange for their time, travel, and adherence to the guidelines for each specific trial.

Paid Clinical Trials—What is in the Fine Print

What is commonly not mentioned in these “clinical trials for money” ads is the extent of the commitment involved, or the fact that your insurance company could be billed for the service. These details all depend on the trial.

For example, a company looking to gather data on their newly FDA-approved device will typically charge your insurance company for the device and/or procedure. They may then provide follow-up visits at no cost to your insurance company, and include a “patient stipend,” a payment to the individual who is participating in the clinical trial. In this example, in exchange for a stipend of, say, $500, the participant may be required to attend 20 follow-up appointments, and they may also be required to alter their lifestyle for the duration of the study. Of course, 20 follow-up appointments means your health is being monitored very closely, much more than typical health insurance could provide!

Physicians Research Group Offers Transparency in Paid Clinical Trials

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Clinical Trial Holds Hope for Breaking the Psoriasis-Fatigue Cycle

[fa icon="calendar'] December 21, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in Clinical Trials

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If you suffer from psoriasis, you probably find that the holiday season brings more than cheer and excitement. The stress and fatigue that come with holiday preparations and non-stop festivities create the perfect recipe for plaque flare-ups. And those plaque flare-ups can actually make you more tired.

But Why Does Psoriasis Make Me So Tired?

There are proteins in the body, called cytokines, that are released during inflammatory reactions, such as psoriasis. It is hypothesized that these cytokines are working hard to help control the immune system’s inflammatory response—an activity that requires a lot of energy. This means that having the ability to control your psoriasis could actually save your body this output of energy, and this will make you feel better and less tired. And if you are less tired, you are less likely to have a flare up during a stressful time.

 

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Clinical Trial Offers Hope for Psoriasis Sufferers

There is a plethora of pills, topical, and biologic injections that can help control psoriasis for many people. But if you have tried multiple therapies and nothing has worked, should you just keep taking or using something that provides minimal or no improvement? Most would say no!


Researchers are making advancements toward finding new, more ideal and effective medications for individuals dealing with the various types of psoriasis. If current therapies or medications haven’t worked for you, consider enrolling in a clinical trial.

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Clinical Trial offers Hope for Treatment of Hypo-Hypo Infertility (Absent Periods)

[fa icon="calendar'] November 11, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in Clinical Trials, Infertility

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Suffering from infertility can be an extremely emotional and difficult experience for individuals--and for couples. Without the ability to create a family, many feel less than whole. And solutions don’t always come easily.

Infertility is also a very common ailment. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 8 couples suffer from some form of infertility, which may be related to one or both members of the relationship. The causes of infertility are varied, and some causes are much less common than others.

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Hip Fractures - Causes and Treatment - PRG Clinical Research Trial

[fa icon="calendar'] October 19, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in Clinical Trials

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One of the most serious fall injuries is a broken hip. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture, and afterward many people are not able to live on their own. As the U.S. population ages, the number of hip fractures is likely to go up. More than 300,000 patients in the U.S. experience hip fractures each year with the number expected to increase to 700,000 by the year 2050, driven by the increased life spans and aging of the baby boom generation.

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Rosacea - Symptoms, Causes and Treatment - PRG Clinical Research Trial

[fa icon="calendar'] October 18, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in Available Studies

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If you suffer from rosacea, you have something in common with the late Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, and over 16 million other Americans.

Rosacea is a common skin condition that creates redness in the face and may produce small, red bumps. It mainly occurs in middle-aged women with fair skin, but as we see with Bill Clinton, it can occur in anyone. Rosacea can worsen over time, and signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months before subsiding. 

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Meet Tara, our lead fertility coordinator

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in IVF

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Meet Tara – the lead coordinator on the IVF fertility trial. Tara has been working in the fertility field since 2012 as a nurse at Fertility Treatment Center (FTC). She has been interested in women’s health all throughout nursing school and knew that once she obtained her RN license that she would want to try and find a job in that area. She was given the opportunity to work at FTC in 2012. Tara has two kids herself, and loves the idea of helping people become pregnant and knows the joy that kids can bring to your life. Helping someone feel the same joy that she has, is what got her interested in research. Tara joined Physicians Research Group in 2015 and is now the lead coordinator on the fertility trials. We are currently enrolling patients in a study that compares two FDA approved drugs used in an IVF cycle. Tara has provided an overview of how the first visit goes and what the consenting process is like for patients interested in this trial.

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Why should I Participate in a clinical trial?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 4, 2016 / by Heather Ginn posted in Clinical Trials

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Welcome back to The Research Room!

This week we are going to explore what you should consider before choosing to be a part of a clinical trial. Regardless of the countless information you can read about online, or speak to your doctor about, it comes down to a healthy and safe relationship with the researcher and patient. Honesty, Trust, and Respect.

According to Webster Dictionary here are the following definitions:

Honesty: the quality of being fair and truthful: the quality of being honest

Trust: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.

Respect: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way

These three words are so simple, yet complex. We in our daily lives, try to strive for them from personal relationships to professional. If one of these factors is jeopardized, the entire relationship crumbles. When starting off with any Clinical Trial, I want to stress to you the urgency of asking questions and gaining a confident relationship with your Doctor/and researchers. There are no “stupid” questions.

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In Vitro Fertilization and Clincial Research

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2016 / by Robert Wallace, BS, CCRC - posted in IVF

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Welcome to The Research Room. We are dedicated to providing patients with knowledge about their medical condition and highlighting potential treatment options through clinical trials. In reading our posts we hope that you will understand and maybe learn some additional information about your medical condition.

Infertility – "The inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse," as described by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

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