If I was the health minister in Kenya, and I wanted to develop a policy on Tuberculosis, I would need to look at the evidence before I make any policy decisions. So I have to make a judgement about the type of information that is available, and the quality and accuracy of it. Depending on how the information was collected, and who it was collected by, we might value it in a different way. If we wanted to measure the rate of TB in Kenya and look at measures to reduce TB, we need to search for published and unpublished data that give us accurate information. There are different ways of collecting evidence different research methods and some methods are valued more highly in the scientific world, as the research process is more robust. Here are some examples of the different research methods these are not based on actual research, but are hypothetical research studies.
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Background: Complementary and Integrative Medicine CIM shows positive clinical benefit with minimal side effects, yet, challenges to effective integration of CIM providers in biomedical health care settings remain. This study aimed to better understand the role evidence played in the process of integration of complementary therapies into a large urban pediatric hospital from the perspective of patients, caregivers, providers, and administrators through applied medical ethnography. Methods: An ethnography was conducted over the course of 6 months in a large urban pediatric hospital in the Southern United States. At the time, the hospital was piloting an integrative medicine IM pain consult service. Purposive sampling was used to select providers, patients, administrators, and caregivers to follow as they engaged with both the preexisting pain service and pilot IM pain services.
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Raymond Wolfinger, in his lecture season, uttered the perceptive bon mot "The plural of anecdote is data". This concisely states the fundamental problem with anecdotal evidence and the way to resolve that problem - any single anecdote is insufficient for most scientific purposes, but gathering multiple empirical reports and reducing them properly can yield a falsifiable hypothesis or suggest an experimental path. On Internet discussion boards and forums, the inverted phrase "the plural of anecdote is NOT data" is used as a rhetorical attack to discredit evidence contrary to one's position. If a commenter posts "hard shoes wreck your feet" and another commenter posts "I wear hard shoes and my feet are fine" the original poster can either correct his original position statement to "hard shoes can damage feet" perhaps or he can retort "the plural of anecdote is not data" as a form of ad-hominem attack.