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A Piece of My Mind
May 18, 2011

Entering Data

JAMA. 2011;305(19):1944. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.621

I’m at work, entering chart abstraction data into a database. It's not very difficult; actually, it can be a bit soothing to enter data. I don't have to think too much. But entering this kind of data always gives me pause. I’m entering the data that represent a child, a child who progressively became sicker and sicker, and ultimately—always—dies at the end. Entering this kind of data makes me feel . . . strange. Sad. Grateful that I have a healthy child. Aching for the families that have to go through this. Awed by the folks who work in this field and do this work every day.

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