As a doctoral student in Humanities I was able to take a course looking into the history of psychology, and indeed the psychology of clinical research. This research was concerned with what sorts of biases might affect a clinical research study. For instance, if a therapist were given information about a child being a danger to themselves or to others before taking the test, or if the person administering the tests made any wrong decisions based on information the patient gave them. Would these factors influence the therapist’s results?
This research took a number of years to complete and involved a huge amount of data. Some of it was preliminary and has now been discarded, but much of it remained. It meant that I had to really scrutinize all the information I took on board, both the positive and negative.
My thesis adviser suggested I look into the option of contracting someone to take on the responsibility of doing my clinical research for me. The person would be someone who specialised in this field and who already had enough of a track record to get an impartial result. The person would carry out all the hard work for me from gathering all the data, writing up all the reports and analyses, as well as taking part in all the interviews with the interviewees. They would then compile all of this information and come up with a report, which they would then present to my dissertation committee at the end of the academic year.
I was very pleased when I found this particular solution to pay someone to do my clinical research for me. The amount of time and effort it required was very small. In fact it was just a fraction of what it would take for me to do it myself. If I were to take on this extra work myself, I am sure I could find a much simpler way to get the same information that someone else was able to from studying all the various data that came from their research. There would surely be no reason why my study would not be as accurate as it could be.
However, this particular solution did raise a few questions. I wondered whether there might be problems for the person who was doing my clinical research homework for me, and whether or not it might be something that I should consider myself. Would this have an effect on my performance in school? If so, how could I ensure that my homework was done by someone who had no special skills that I needed to succeed?
It was also reassuring for me to know that someone was looking after my clinical research. In many cases, the people who are actually doing the research will be conducting their own independent studies. For other cases, the person who is doing the research may not be an expert in the area that the journal article or the research paper is based on. Therefore, it is reassuring that someone is looking out for me.
Lastly, I found that this approach was very cost effective. Since I was able to complete the data collection during my free time, I did not incur any costs. Furthermore, if I were to hire someone to collect the data for me, it would be likely that I would need to pay for a service charge as well as an employee fee. With the way that clinical research papers are written these days, it would cost me more to just hire someone to do the research than it would to pay someone to just complete the paper.