This week I will be meeting with my research mentor and I will most likely start processing data on transplant outcomes. The STATA software allows you to upload a large set of data, assign variables, and run tests. For this project specifically, there are over 20,000 individuals in the data set. The data includes the race, gender, pre-existing health conditions, donor health, recipient health, outcome (was the liver transplant successful?), and more for each individual. Then, I can use the STATA software to run chi-square tests, T-tests, and averages amongst certain demographics to see if there is a correlation between one variable and the subsequent transplant outcome.
Additionally, I will be continuing my personal research on ethics. So far, I have just done some background on bioethics in the field of transplantation. Once I go through enough published papers, I will begin crafting a well-rounded response to this question that will incorporate several variables that go into how liver allocation is administered.
See you all next week!