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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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8 news outlets
blogs
7 blogs
twitter
67 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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58 Dimensions

Readers on

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236 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 5 2%
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 222 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 44 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 14%
Researcher 30 13%
Student > Bachelor 26 11%
Other 17 7%
Other 59 25%
Unknown 26 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 88 37%
Psychology 37 16%
Social Sciences 19 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 8%
Arts and Humanities 7 3%
Other 32 14%
Unknown 35 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 171. 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 31 March 2020.
All research outputs
#96,074
of 14,596,585 outputs
Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#199
of 11,020 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#342
of 88,754 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#1
of 35 outputs
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