I shouldn't even get started on the value of good data and the responsibility that we as practitioners have to make sure we produce and analyze it accurately. It is easy to expect other sources of data to be accurate while letting our own slide. For instance, we expect our financial system to provide us with accurate data, but we still (should) reconcile theirs to ours. I guess it is easier to be concerned about others than it is to be concerned about our own.
Probably the most blatant misuse of information is the presentation of 'information' not necessarily based on fact in the world of advertising. This has become an accepted practice in our society. But there is little difference between that and allowing our systems to produce inaccuracies on which decisions can be made. We may not always be directly responsible for the interpretation, but I think do have a responsibility to make the basis true and accurate.
Another small example is my experience in a certain business where I maintained systems recording and reporting inventory. It was impossible to maintain accurate records because owners made a practice of removing stock for personal use and consumption without producing the proper records. Now obviously the inventory was theirs to use as they saw fit, but their practices made it not possible for me to fulfill my function of maintaining their data accuracy.
Later on, in another business it was the express directive that we allow data to be entered into the systems regardless of validation errors that might have been detected and corrected. The assumption was that it could be altered as needed later on in the process, when technical drawings were produced with obviously strange results. This makes one concerned that if there are obvious flaws there most likely are those not so obvious. Logically this can lead to concerns regarding legal responsibility for inaccuracies.
Further, if you are consuming medications that supposedly have been thoroughly tested and documented as safe and effective, I'm pretty sure you expect that the test results have been accurately collected, stored, reported, and analyzed.
In a nutshell, there are always legal, moral, and practical reasons for all of us making sure our data is valid, even if we have no control over the use and interpretation of same.
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