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Created: January 9, 2006
Latest Update: January 9, 2006

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Taynay Cameron:

Message 33 0f Learning Records:

I am reminding you to post a discussion regarding Name Based Reporting for AIDS patients. This reporting will go to the government and will reveal clients names. The number of clients is important to receive funding. The Ryan White Care Act is what funds most agencies. The Act requires agencies to report the number of AIDS clients they have so that they can receive funding. If Name Based Reporting is used, then people will not want to test, which will lead to a decline in funding for agencies that treat or test people for HIV.

Reply:

Sorry the therapy got in the way and I didn't get this up sooner, Taynay.
jeanne
December 20, 2005

Message 6875:

The reason that you had our SOC class make the box was to recognize patterns. Often students are taught mathematical concepts that are not retained by the student. Often, the material is memorized instead of understood. If a student were given the choice to follow the directions that you illustrated step by step, they could memorize and recreate the box. However, what you have taught us is to recognize that there are 30 square boxes and if it were folded according to the patterns of the squares a box can be created. Recognizing the patterns would assist us in understanding why and how something has been created and therefore be able to retain the reasoning for it being created.

Reply:

Taynay, you put this very well. Good job.
jeanne
December 20, 2005

J, wrote on Mon Sep 5, 2005 2:28 pmin Message No.5743:

When the doctor stated, "by chance it is likely to regress whether they are treated or not.", he was relating to the regression to the mean. Since patients self report the measurement of their pain according to a pain scale, their average pain level can vary. Since this level of pain can vary, it can not be determined that the vertebroplasty treatment is dissipating osteoporosis patients' pain. For example, if a patient who receives the treatment says that their pain is gone, it can not be determined that the treatment worked in part because of other variables; more than just the treatment must be considered in the dissipation of the patients pain. Perhaps the patient was told the the treatment is a cure and believes that the treatment has miracuously "cured" him/her, or the patient may have received special treatment while the treatment was given to him/her that caused the "idea" that the treatment has worked. There is no way to prove that the treatment has taken away the patient's pain. In contrast, patients who have not been treated experience the same varying levels of pain and their average pain level may change from excruciating to none at all."

jeanne responded on Mon Sep 5, 2005 2:45 pm in Message 5745:

Good response, J. With respect to your last sentence, it seems unlikely that the pain will register "none at all." But it might well register at the lowest range around the average. Thanks for taking the bull by the horns and starting out this way. jeanne

Message 6113:

"Living Alone shows us that from 1940 to 2003 the percentage of people living alone in the United States has steadily risen, from 7.7% to 26.8 %". If an individual were to just look at the numbers represented on the graph, and take them at face value, they would miss the big picture. While this information shows the number of people living alone has climbed, it does not explain why the individual may have chosen to live alone. Was it examined why these individuals chose to stay by themselves, or were they asked to simply check a box to prove that they are all alone? What about individuals who consider living alone to make them independent?. The graph does not explain the "responsibility and accountability" of family members. Perhaps these individuals chose to live alone because their family members are within a close proximity and were available to assist them if needed. These individuals may consider living alone for privacy's sake and feel confident doing so because family is near.

Reply:

Good response, Taynay. You are looking more deeply into the validity of the variable measurement by considering unstated assumptions that may give us a spurious relationship by looking at the numbers only superficially.
jeanne
December 19, 2005



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