HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Monday, 3 October 2016

HEDS media coverage for the past quarter according to Altmetric.com

Every three months we take a quick look at the altmetric data behind our output to see how HEDS research is being received and where in the world we have reached. Altmetric data looks at everything from tweets to news and media coverage as well as citations in Wikipedia and policy documents to name but a few. 

Over the summer months we have seen a lot of attention on social media according to Altmetric.com. Our research and collaborations have received 574 mentions with 55 mentions in the news, nine blog entries and four wikipedia mentions. Twitter is always very busy and HEDS' research and collaborations was tweeted 490 times over the course of the last three months. Below is some of the highlighted coverage.

Professor Alan Brennan, Dr Duncan Gillespie and John Holmes' collaboration with various colleagues across the UK on smoking cessation and reduced drinking received a lot of media attention. The Daily Mail alongside many regional newspapers covered the story whilst it was picked up internationally by The Australian Doctor, Metro News in France and Top Santé magazine.

Lead author Lesley Uttley alongside Helen Buckley Woods, Susan Harnan and external collaborators received media coverage for their paper: Building the Evidence Base of Blood-Based Biomarkers for Early Detection of Cancer: A Rapid Systematic Mapping Review
The research gained coverage on several online media sites including Health Medicine Network, Science 2.0, Health Canal and Medical News Today. There was coverage on the Bionalysis Zone Blog as well as several readers on Mendeley saving the research in their library.

The Health Technology Assessment "Longer term clinical and economic benefits of offering acupuncture care to patients with chronic low back pain" was cited in the  recent Huffington Post article Managing Pain without Opioids. HEDS Professor John Brazier collaborated with ScHARR colleagues and external partners to publish the report back in 2005. 

HEDS research and collaborations were Tweeted across the globe with a fifth of all geo-tagged tweets coming from North America. Whilst the paper; Distributional Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Health Care Programmes – A Methodological Case Study of the UK Bowel Cancer Screening Programme was freshly cited on two Wikipedia entries. The paper was a collaboration between Dr Paul Tappenden, Dr Sophie Whyte and external research partners in 2014.