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The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study

Overview of attention for article published in British Medical Journal, December 2014
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Title
The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study
Published in
British Medical Journal, December 2014
DOI 10.1136/bmj.g7015
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Authors

P. Sumner, S. Vivian-Griffiths, J. Boivin, A. Williams, C. A. Venetis, A. Davies, J. Ogden, L. Whelan, B. Hughes, B. Dalton, F. Boy, C. D. Chambers

Abstract

To identify the source (press releases or news) of distortions, exaggerations, or changes to the main conclusions drawn from research that could potentially influence a reader's health related behaviour.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 2%
United Kingdom 3 1%
Canada 2 <1%
Sweden 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Finland 2 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 4 1%
Unknown 255 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 46 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 45 16%
Researcher 42 15%
Student > Bachelor 37 13%
Other 27 10%
Other 63 23%
Unknown 18 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 63 23%
Social Sciences 40 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 37 13%
Psychology 27 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 4%
Other 70 25%
Unknown 29 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1770. 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 02 April 2020.
All research outputs
#1,427
of 14,551,860 outputs
Outputs from British Medical Journal
#51
of 46,920 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#25
of 299,748 outputs
Outputs of similar age from British Medical Journal
#5
of 902 outputs
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