Data, Thou Art A Fickle Mistress

Since my last blog, I have run A LOT of fluorescence scans on silica coated silver nanoparticles. It’s safe to say that my daily emotions are directly linked to the outcomes and efficiency of these scans. One day I could successfully analyze fluorescence enhancement ratios for up to 20 nanoparticles and another day I could get as little as 2. For instance, I severely misaligned the laser on accident one day and it took us over an hour to fix the problem! Sometimes I feel like even the laser hates Mondays…But, alas, I am making progress on compiling data.

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World Health Organization

My research has been progressing well. I have interviewed doctors and nurses, but I still have not been able to interview any patients.  This is going to be a huge hurdle for my research as I am trying to get all the perspectives of individuals that are involved in the health care delivery system—and patients are a huge part of that system.  Patients refuse to sign my forms; either because they have never signed a form before or they feel like they are giving me permission to abuse the information they tell me. No matter how much I try to explain to patients the true nature of my research, I have not been successful in convincing them to talk to me.

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When you have to discard data

Last posting talked about the potential uncontrollable factors, and how researchers might handle them. This one will talk briefly about how a researcher might discern when to discard data for the validity of data analysis.

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