What I Wish Someone Told Me Before Becoming an L&D Nurse Nurses Can Lead the Way in Research Athletes and Hearts; Best Meds for ADHD: It’s PodMed Double T! Fifteen years ago, British computer scientist Michael Smith and his longtime collaborator, the world-renowned child psychiatrist Robert Goodman, digitized two psychiatric tests and made them available online, free of charge.

Clinicians all over the world began using these tests in their own private practices or as part of research studies, with the raw data stored and catalogued on servers that Smith controlled. Once data were recorded, Smith had the power to decide how to manage it.

A self-described data “fanatic,” he opted to keep original records of each survey, although he knew that others in his position might instead choose to overwrite aberrant data to eliminate statistical noise. “Data smoothing, as many would call it, is unfortunately a fairly common thing,” Smith told MedPage Today.

“People for various reasons – not [necessarily] nefarious reasons – may process the data, smooth it out, to make it look better. In a way, it’s a lie, from a data point of view.”

Because Smith and Goodman alone controlled the servers, it wasn’t long before one of his competitors accused them of tampering with patient data after they had been recorded. Smith, who declined to name his accuser, called the allegation “absurd.” Read more from medpagetoday.com…

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