Disclosure: Post sponsored by Project Baseline but all opinions are my own. Sponsored means that Verily has donated to One Great Gut Foundation as we have carefully researched that this project matches our values, mission, and, vision.
Most people: Think of great ideas in the shower
“IBD people” Think of good ideas in the shower AND great ideas while sitting on the toilet
Okay, full disclosure: My knees were bent with my feet squarely planted on my One Great Gut branded Squatty Potty for a nice peaceful relaxed sphincter smooth evacuation
Anyway, back to this idea
IBD diagnoses are increasing like never before seen in the history of mankind. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3 million reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis). This was a 50% increase from 1999 (2 million) and this data is from 2015 and does not include children under 18 years old. The number is rising every year with no end in sight!
Doctors, scientists, and researchers are dedicating their lives to increase our qualities of life to help us THRIVE. But what if there was a way for us to help our own cause?
Something we could do today.
What if something as simple and easy to share as our life experience with IBD, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis could put researchers and scientists on the fast track to coming up with more meaningful solutions to choose better outcomes for patients?
THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY
Now, there is.
It’s called citizen science. Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs.
You have the power, some may even call it a responsibility, to help advance science.
To increase favorable patient outcomes. To increase your own chance at a favorable outcome.
To help you sooner rather than later.
To help our children when they may need it.
Hope is just another four-letter word.
Action is hope. There is no hope without action.
Our doctors are busy. They see a lot of patients.
According to a 2018 survey by the Physicians Foundation*, doctors on average work 51 hours a week and see 20 patients a day. Almost a quarter of their time is taken up with nonclinical (and frustrating) paperwork.
And researchers and scientists rarely, if ever, see us.
That’s where you can help.
From the comfort of your home.
That’s what Project Baseline’s Gut Health Research Project is all about!
Project Baseline by Verily is an initiative to make it easy and engaging to participate in clinical research. They are conducting the Baseline Gut Research Project and asking those with IBD to contribute to a better understanding of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by sharing your health history. Compensation will be provided.
The question I ask myself on a daily basis is this:
Is what I am doing today providing meaningful benefit to the growing IBD Crohn’s Colitis community. One that I have been a part of since at least 2001 when I was officially diagnosed in a dark and dreary Gastroenterologist office in Arlington, Virginia.
Is it worthy of merit?
Is it something I want to build a legacy around?
Does it align with our Mission statements?
Can it help those with IBD thrive?
However once I fully realized this study is worthy of merit, it is something that can meaningfully move the needle forward in Crohn’s Colitis patient outcomes and it does align with our Mission, the decision was easy.
By joining the project, you will receive financial compensation, may receive a free Picnic Health account to conveniently view all of your health records in one place, and access to future projects and opportunities.
Nothing gets shared with your insurance or medical providers without your consent.
You and your doctor will continue to make decisions about your care.
Project Baseline takes your privacy seriously and everything follows federal and state regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Data is stored in advanced systems with best-in-class security and privacy protocols.
Meaningful – Yes
Legitimate – Yes
Safe – Yes
Best of all, you can do this from home, even while dressed in your comfy PJs if you prefer.
Join me in taking part in the Baseline Gut Research Project to help them better understand what we understand so well, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
Something we currently live with 24/7/365.
With your participation and under an hour of your time you will not only be compensated but you’ll also meaningfully help scientists and researchers move closer to a CURE!
I joined the project on a Friday morning while breakfast was cooking. It took me about 15 minutes to fill out the questionnaire, and before the end of the day they sent me an email with payment information.
Just a few business days later the promised money was sitting in my bank account.
And, now I’m eligible to be chosen for other studies for additional compensation.
Here’s the link again ===> Gut Research Project for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis research
One Great Gut IBD Family: Thank You for caring, helping, and getting the word out about this. Please share this post with others so that together we can move closer to a cure.
With Joy and Gratitude,
- Project Baseline Gut Health Research Project for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
- CDC: Data and Statistics Inflammatory Bowel Disease Prevalence (IBD) in the United States: https://www.cdc.gov/ibd/data-statistics.htm
- Prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — United States, 2015: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6542a3.htm
- Journal of Crohn’s And Colitis – National estimates of the burden of inflammatory bowel disease among racial and ethnic groups in the United States – April 2014
- American Association of Physician Leadership: How Many Patients Can a Primary Care Physician Treat: https://www.physicianleaders.org/news/how-many-patients-can-primary-care-physician-treat