When interviewing a nurse who has worked in study clinics, they said in their role their main focus is to ensure that they collect all data and biosamples in line with the study’s requirements. While doing this, they work to keep the participant comfortable by building a rapport with them through conversation and also being personable and friendly. Nurse/patient rapport is important in part because good conversation helps distract from possibly uncomfortable aspects of the screening (such as drawing blood) and helps put nervous participants at ease. Also, if the participant has a positive experience, they are more likely to take part in future studies, which is why having personable front-facing staff is an important part of any large study.
Through this rapport, a nurse will naturally end up discovering information about the participant they screen that while it may be interesting, isn’t information that is being collected by the study and so is lost once their shared interaction ends.
The screening is one of the few times within the Airwave System when the participant is ‘seen’ and interacted with directly as opposed through their samples or data, so in my artwork I chose to focus on representing the back-and-forth rapport and conversation that a nurse has with a participant in the clinic setting. Here, blue data points are being collected from the participant by the nurse through the back-and-forth rhythm of rapport, as represented by the arrows. The multi-coloured data points bouncing away are the known data points that aren’t collected by the study, and allude to the visualisations of spiralling, bouncing trails of particles used in quantum physics.