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post #1 of 10
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Hi, everyone. My name is Dr. Jenny Rice, and I am an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky. I am currently writing about how "alternative knowledge" researchers, especially people who question the use of vaccinations, conduct their own research about complex issues. This might include looking online for anti-vax details, attending meet-ups, or reading literature about these issues.

 

I am very interested in learning how ordinary people (i.e., non-experts) use very sophisticated methods of research in order to make powerful arguments. I believe that we can learn a lot from people conducting their own research into serious matters. This is why I'm currently undertaking this research project.


If you are someone who does your own research on childhood vaccination, would you be willing to fill out a brief survey? Responses are completely anonymous, and the survey typically takes only a few minutes to complete. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them via email or through Facebook. My address is jenny.rice (at) uky.edu. The link to the survey follows: 

https://uky.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dp7hbityrUU0LJP

 

post #2 of 10

Done  :)

 

It was fairly brief, asked no identifying questions, and was about research habits.  

 

Good luck with the project.

post #3 of 10

Hi Jenny,

 

I've read this carefully, and am scratching my head, so can I please ask you some questions in red?

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Originally Posted by jennyrice View Post

Hi, everyone. My name is Dr. Jenny Rice, and I am an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky. I am currently writing about how "alternative knowledge" researchers, especially people who question the use of vaccinations, conduct their own research about complex issues.

 

For what purpose will your research be?  By that I mean, is it intended as a medical article?

 

This might include looking online for anti-vax details

 

Can you please explain what you mean by "anti-vax details?

 

, attending meet-ups, or reading literature about these issues.

 

I am very interested in learning how ordinary people (i.e., non-experts) use very sophisticated methods of research in order to make powerful arguments.

 

But to what end?  I mean, we can only use the means available to us either through medical search engines, or medical library themselves.

 

I'm struggling to see what relevance this is to you...

 

I believe that we can learn a lot from people conducting their own research into serious matters.

 

Learn... like what? 

 

This is why I'm currently undertaking this research project.


If you are someone who does your own research on childhood vaccination, would you be willing to fill out a brief survey? Responses are completely anonymous, and the survey typically takes only a few minutes to complete. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them via email or through Facebook. My address is jenny.rice (at) uky.edu. The link to the survey follows: 

https://uky.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dp7hbityrUU0LJP

 

 

Have you thought about looking at people's blogs.... people who have researched vaccinations for a long time?

 

My problem with your question is that every time parents are asked to do such a survey in this country, the information has come out in medical journals in terms of, "How we need to change our information so that the we can neutralise the concerns of these people so that they will do as we tell them and vaccinate."

 

so it's always a concern to me, when someone comes to a place like this and asks people to fill in surveys.

 

I ask myself, exactly whose going to limp after the results are analysed?

post #4 of 10
I hear your frustrations. Some days I wish that a fraction of that money spent studying how to manipulate us would go instead to stronger, *independent* safety and effectiveness studies with genuine placebos.

I won't presume to know this researcher's motives, however.
post #5 of 10

I did a pubmed search by each year, looking at how many studies had been done in every country in the world, looking at attitudes towards the usage of Gardasil, by parents/teachers/nurses/doctors/cat-sitters - you name just about any group.  The numbers were so stupendous - more than three a month...., so I stopped counting. 

 

It's absolutely staggering how much money goes into looking at ways of increasing the vaccine uptake, and yet, ....we are still waiting for a fully vaccinated / never vaccinated short and long term health study to be done....

post #6 of 10

I have to admit that every month when someone comes to this board to ask for participation in a thread I get all sick inside. headscratch.gif I can't figure out why they keep coming here.

 

  I was reading a book not that long ago that was talking about how some people in power actually devised a way to ask their enemies the best way to destroy them by making them think they were going to help them. They succeeded. Genius actually.

 

I can not believe for one minute that this lady wants to help us. I believe they are asking us our own personal help in destroying our cause-or to come up with better answers to hinder us even more.

 

I know we can ask nicely and all what her "motivation" is, but really! When was the last time ONE report has EVER been done on this kind of information to help us? Please, can someone show me even One???? 

 

As Tuatara pointed out, all the money I have ever seen is how to figure out ways to get everyone on the planet to vax. End of story.

 

All that to say. Beware. I wish they would stop posting and I for one will never help.irked.gif

post #7 of 10

Other than the word "anti-vax"in the title  this particular request did not set my teeth on edge.  Some certainly do, though.

 

I find these type of requests no worse than when people ask  homebirthers, homeschoolers etc, to answer polls/surveys.  I do get their motives may not be the best - but to a degree that is on them.  One of the ways to normalise choices is to talk about them.  Peace out, everybody…I do understand why people do not like surveys, just saying why some of us do choose to participate from time to time.  

post #8 of 10

Don't you think if this woman was REALLY interested, and genuine in thinking that we actually have something to offer..... she'd be keeping an eye on this thread to answer questions, and to show the kind of honest transparency upon which "trust" might be earned???

post #9 of 10

Eh, I am pretty blah about the whole thing, but I am curious as to why a professor of English is conducting this survey.

post #10 of 10
She specializes in rhetoric, so there's your clue. We shouldn't have to be guessing, though.

Jenny Rice, we probably won't hear back from you, (most survey pitches in this forum are hit-and-run operations), but a little more transparency would help. What is your hypothesis? What are you hoping to learn from our responses that might support it?

Also, some friendly advice: "Anti-vax" isn't insider lingo that we use with each other. It is normally a pejorative label used mockingly by angry doctors and pseudo-skeptic bloggers.
Edited by Turquesa - 6/30/13 at 7:53pm
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