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Assessing outcomes of health and medical research: do we measure what counts or count what we can measure?

Overview of attention for article published in Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, June 2007
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Title
Assessing outcomes of health and medical research: do we measure what counts or count what we can measure?
Published in
Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, June 2007
DOI 10.1186/1743-8462-4-14
Pubmed ID
Authors

Robert Wells, Judith A Whitworth

Abstract

Governments world wide are increasingly demanding outcome measures to evaluate research investment. Health and medical research outputs can be considered as gains in knowledge, wealth and health. Measurement of the impacts of research on health are difficult, particularly within the time frames of granting bodies. Thus evaluations often measure what can be measured, rather than what should be measured. Traditional academic metrics are insufficient to demonstrate societal benefit from public investment in health research. New approaches that consider all the benefits of research are needed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 3%
Unknown 39 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 30%
Researcher 8 20%
Other 5 13%
Librarian 3 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 5%
Other 6 15%
Unknown 4 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 11 28%
Social Sciences 9 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 10%
Computer Science 2 5%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 3%
Other 8 20%
Unknown 5 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. 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 06 April 2018.
All research outputs
#4,086,790
of 13,793,900 outputs
Outputs from Australia and New Zealand Health Policy
#30
of 68 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#36,955
of 127,227 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Australia and New Zealand Health Policy
#1
of 1 outputs
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