News

GRID VIEW

No more posts
New-Year.jpg

January 1, 2016 BlogUncategorized0

As each year comes and goes we seem to go through the same cycle. We end the year by reflecting on what we accomplished (or didn’t) over the course of the past year and how we can improve over the next year. Many of us set specific goals which we call our ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. These goals range from budgeting to personal growth to accomplishing a specific task. One topic we all seem to consider though is improving our own health. One person may try a new fad diet and another may set a goal to start exercising once a week. One thing most people don’t consider is participating in a clinical trial.

 

Why would you make participating in a clinical trial part of your New Year’s Resolution? There are many reasons that participating in a clinical trial can improve your health. In the very least people should consider participating due to the Hawthorne effect. Patients receiving individual care in a trial tend to do better than those not in a trial regardless of whether or not they receive placebo. Also, patients may improve their health by receiving new medications or feeling more compelled to take their medications regularly. The many beneficial effects of participating in a trial can combine to make a real difference!

 

Here at ENCORE we are thankful for the patients that have put their trust in us over the past year. Our patients make us who we are and are an integral part of the ENCORE family. Moving forward into 2017 our New Year’s Resolution is to give our patients their best experience with us yet! Our goal is to help you with your health goals. If there is something we can help you with then we would love to go on that journey with you. Happy New Year!

 


2017.jpg

January 1, 2017 BlogUncategorized0

I recently stumbled across the work of Professor John Norcross, the “undisputed” guru on all matters related to New Year’s resolutions. Who knew? I guess a guru may exist for nearly all things. Professor Norcross surveyed and followed a few hundred folks who made New Year’s resolutions and compared them to those who did not commit themselves to goals as the calendar year turned.

Here are a few fun facts from the Professor’s findings:

  1. About 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions on any given year and 38% absolutely will not make one in principle (er, they’ve resolved not to resolve);
  2. 25% of resolutions fail within one week;
  3. Older folks have greater difficulty keeping resolutions than younger people – 20-somethings beat 50-somethings for one-year resolution success rates – 39% versus 14%. Of course, success rates were self-reported so we can either conclude that the adage about old dogs and new tricks rings true or that millennials tend to grade on a curve.

We can draw solace from Professor’s Norcross’s most persuasive finding:  those who made New Year’s Resolution were 10 times more likely to change unwanted behaviors than those who didn’t make them. Yes, setting goals works and the New Year, fresh with the feelings of optimism and renewal, seems like the perfect time to make them.

We have an exciting agenda of educational programs called “Learn with the Leaders” that we will highlight throughout the year. In January, we will talk to people about how they can help themselves with autoimmune disease, cholesterol problems, diabetes, and memory loss. Please make an effort to attend these sessions.

Participating in a research study has lots of unintended benefits but perhaps most importantly the benefit of having a team help you stick with a program. Let’s resolve to keep our resolutions this year, or at least double the amount of time until we break them.

– Michael J. Koren, MD FACC CPI FAPCR

 

Reference:  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58(4), 397-405


Volunteers.jpg

June 6, 2017 BlogUncategorized0

THE RESULTS ARE IN! 

We would like to wish a big heartfelt THANK YOU to all our volunteers that participated in this international (PCSK9) high cholesterol study of 1300 volunteers completed in 18 countries.

Jacksonville FL volunteers lead the world in this study with ground breaking results!  Our own CEO Dr. Michael J. Koren was the lead international investigator and lead author on the study. Results published in Jama Cardiology. 

Click here to read the entire article written by our CEO and Principal Investigator Michael Koren, MD

 

Encore logo

As a proven clinical research organization, we take every precaution to assure the safety of and maximize the value for our research volunteers. Qualified doctors, nurses and study coordinators on staff provide support and care throughout the research trial. Participation is always voluntary. We appreciate the time and effort that research volunteers bring to this important process.

Copyright 2020 ENCORE Research Group