About Kurtosis

Making data useful

Kurtosis is Neil Pettinger. And Neil Pettinger spent 22 years working as an information manager in the NHS before reinventing himself as a freelance healthcare analyst and trainer in 2008.

A photograph of Neil Pettinger
Neil Pettinger at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in March 2016. Photo by Ellie Morag

Data often gets sidelined in decision-making. Managers and clinicians form judgements based on hunch and hearsay rather than on the basis of evidence. And this is more to do with the way analysts present the data, and—before that—in the way analysts choose which data to analyse, than it is to do with managers' natural 'antipathy' towards data (though that plays its part, too).