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The Sound Balloons Make As They Rub Together [Apr. 4th, 2014|04:21 pm]
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4 April 2014

You know how at work sometimes they tell you to do something that just puts your teeth on edge, but, you know, they're the client, so you do it, feeling like a fool and regretting all the life choices that led you to this desk, this task?

Well.

The kidney transplant study has a surprising number of patients "Lost to follow-up".  (Actually, in more teeth-grating action, it's "Loss to follow up")  The sponsor's project manager wrote me to say that a lot of these have the date of discontinuation and the date of the last visit the same, and if they're really lost to follow-up, it wouldn't have happened in an office visit, and would I please query for clarification?  What date did they really presume them lost, or is there another reason for discontinuation?

Well.

I started to do that, and found out why so many of the dates match.  The sponsor data manager has been making them change the date of discontinuation to match the date of the last visit, because it seemed neater to him.  So I'm about to be called a number of very bad things in Mandarin (all the sites are in China) for perfectly true and applicable reasons.

Sometimes I just love my job so much.

Addendum -- it gets better.  It gets better and better.  The woman who sent me three emails of increasing vigour to tell me to query for this change -- a couple of the old queries, about two years back, telling the sites to make the dates congruous?  She posted them.

Even if these are non-interventional Phase IV studies, I have absolutely no idea why the sponsors get to run around inside the database.
 
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[User Picture]From: rolypolypony
2014-04-04 11:36 pm (UTC)

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ARGH!!!
[User Picture]From: liddle_oldman
2014-04-06 03:09 am (UTC)

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My very comment!