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We ask that you read and accept the Consent to Participate in Research form.
We will provide you with a Physician's Packet for you to download and give to your regular doctor to complete. Please note that an in-person visit with your doctor is not required.
The Physician's Packet will include:
Your doctor will fax us back a form along with your medical records if he/she agrees that a trial dose of 5mg or 0mg prednisone per day is appropriate for you. You will be reimbursed a $50 gift card to help offset any charges you may incur for requesting your medical records.
You do not need to change or see a new doctor to join this trial.
Your doctor will recommend a schedule for you to follow in order to decrease your current dose down to 5 mg. This means you will take slightly less prednisone until you are only taking 5mg.
Once your doctor has returned the Physician Packet and your medical records to the TAPIR trial team, you will be assigned a dose of either 0 or 5 mg per day of prednisone. Your doctor and you will both be notified of which dose (either 5 mg or 0 mg per day of prednisone) you were selected to take.
Your doctor will direct you to keep taking 5mg per day of prednisone daily or decrease your dose to 0mg per day.
We will ask you to commit a little time each day to let us know how you are doing. You can do this with our online Prednisone Diary application on your PC, tablet, or with your smart phone.
We will also prompt you to fill out brief surveys/interviews that tell us more about your experiences while in this trial. *Participation in the surveys and interviews is optional.
Once you have reached the prednisone dose prescribed by your doctor, you will be in the trial for approximately 6 months.
Your prescribed dose while in the trial will be 5 mg or 0 mg per day. Changing your dose from the trial prescribed dose will be a decision between you and your doctor. Additionally, you may also contact our trial coordinator.
If your dose changes from the prescribed trial dose, we ask that you let us know through the MyTAPIR website.
You may be contacted by a member of the TAPIR trial team who will ask you some questions about your participation in this trial.
If you are selected for this follow up interview – someone may contact you at the beginning of the trial (within 2 weeks after we receive the Physician Packet back from your doctor) and again 2 weeks after you have completed the trial (when you have completed 6 months on the trial). These interviews should take no more than 30 minutes and will evaluate the effectiveness of this new trial approach.
If you are selected and agree to participate in one or more of these interviews, you will be compensated for your time with a $25 gift card for each interview.
Your contribution is invaluable. Every participant experience is important to research of GPA and may provide crucial insight for managing the daily care of GPA patients.
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