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The Hawthorne Effect: a randomised, controlled trial

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Research Methodology, July 2007
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#35 of 1,491)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (97th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
4 news outlets
blogs
2 blogs
policy
3 policy sources
twitter
8 tweeters
wikipedia
3 Wikipedia pages

Citations

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858 Dimensions

Readers on

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763 Mendeley
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7 CiteULike
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Title
The Hawthorne Effect: a randomised, controlled trial
Published in
BMC Medical Research Methodology, July 2007
DOI 10.1186/1471-2288-7-30
Pubmed ID
Authors

Rob McCarney, James Warner, Steve Iliffe, Robbert van Haselen, Mark Griffin, Peter Fisher

Abstract

The 'Hawthorne Effect' may be an important factor affecting the generalisability of clinical research to routine practice, but has been little studied. Hawthorne Effects have been reported in previous clinical trials in dementia but to our knowledge, no attempt has been made to quantify them. Our aim was to compare minimal follow-up to intensive follow-up in participants in a placebo controlled trial of Ginkgo biloba for treating mild-moderate dementia.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 12 2%
United States 9 1%
Germany 4 <1%
Sweden 3 <1%
Italy 3 <1%
Austria 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Other 11 1%
Unknown 715 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 152 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 145 19%
Student > Bachelor 108 14%
Researcher 100 13%
Student > Postgraduate 51 7%
Other 150 20%
Unknown 57 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 242 32%
Psychology 82 11%
Social Sciences 60 8%
Computer Science 52 7%
Engineering 40 5%
Other 189 25%
Unknown 98 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 59. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 March 2020.
All research outputs
#381,674
of 15,842,075 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medical Research Methodology
#35
of 1,491 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#366,374
of 14,845,400 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medical Research Methodology
#35
of 1,488 outputs
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