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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 276 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 51 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 50 17%
Researcher 43 14%
Student > Bachelor 38 13%
Other 28 9%
Other 67 22%
Unknown 22 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 64 21%
Social Sciences 44 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 38 13%
Psychology 28 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 5%
Other 77 26%
Unknown 34 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1771. 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 24 July 2020.
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#1,935
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Outputs from British Medical Journal
#62
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Outputs of similar age
#24
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Outputs of similar age from British Medical Journal
#5
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