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Created: January 9, 2006
Latest Update: January 9, 2006
Jackson, Diedra L.: Link to name for records.Diedra, were you in my office on Thursday? I know I have another Deidra, but I don't know your last names.
October 8, 2005
Message 5813:Hi Jeanne,
I, Diedra Jackson (one of those magic ones, or those waiting for magic, that is a magic number:) I appreciate the status report of them.
As for the article, the lecture you gave on Tues. helped me I think. I didn't write before because I was having difficulty making the correlation from pain to statistical data. And after rereading the article I think that is the problem. There is difficulty in accurately recording pain reduction. Pain as a measurement is so variable. It varies not only within individual judgement but can vary considerably from individual to individual. It just so happens that I went to an accupuncturist today and he was asking me about pain that I had two years ago. I couldn't relate well to retrieving that infomration for him accurately, and even when he asked me to gauge current pain I had a hard time because I am used to a certain amount so what used to be a 6 is now a 4. The people in the article that reported pain reduction may be reporting the same "number", but may have a differing tolerance so the data would be relative. That would make accurate reporting to regression to the mean as a whole group difficult and maybe even difficult indiviually, if they like I lose some of the rememberance of the severity of pain after the fact. I guess I want to ask you if it is possible to accurately record pain data? and if so how?
Reply:No, it's not. Pain is socially constructed, as well as physiologically constructed. If you have lived without pain, even a little may not be acceptable. But, as you say, if you have had pain, you may adjust to a different standard, depending on your own situatedness. Good response.
December 19, 2005