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Intercessory prayer for the alleviation of ill health

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, April 2009
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Mentioned by

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9 news outlets
blogs
7 blogs
twitter
83 tweeters
facebook
7 Facebook pages
wikipedia
3 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
1 Google+ user
reddit
1 Redditor
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2 video uploaders

Citations

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Readers on

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278 Mendeley
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Title
Intercessory prayer for the alleviation of ill health
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, April 2009
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd000368.pub3
Pubmed ID
Authors

Leanne Roberts, Irshad Ahmed, Andrew Davison

Abstract

Prayer is amongst the oldest and most widespread interventions used with the intention of alleviating illness and promoting good health. Given the significance of this response to illness for a large proportion of the world's population, there has been considerable interest in recent years in measuring the efficacy of intercessory prayer for the alleviation of ill health in a scientifically rigorous fashion. The question of whether this may contribute towards proving or disproving the existence of God is a philosophical question lying outside the scope of this review of the effects of prayer. This revised version of the review has been prepared in response to feedback and to reflect new methods in the conduct and presentation of Cochrane reviews.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 1%
Belgium 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
India 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Hong Kong 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 265 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 47 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 36 13%
Researcher 35 13%
Student > Bachelor 29 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 22 8%
Other 73 26%
Unknown 36 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 96 35%
Psychology 43 15%
Social Sciences 25 9%
Nursing and Health Professions 23 8%
Arts and Humanities 7 3%
Other 39 14%
Unknown 45 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 188. 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 09 February 2021.
All research outputs
#110,915
of 17,120,105 outputs
Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#217
of 11,627 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#358
of 97,002 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#1
of 35 outputs
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