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The single individual in medicine: how to escape from the probability theory trap

Overview of attention for article published in Cases Journal, July 2008
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#7 of 115)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (87th percentile)

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The single individual in medicine: how to escape from the probability theory trap
Published in
Cases Journal, July 2008
DOI 10.1186/1757-1626-1-58
Pubmed ID

Enzo Grossi


Doctors and their patients are always concerned with the likely outcome of an existing disease and the risk of future diseases, but there are many problems in interpreting for the individual data derived from populations. Yet recent developments in mathematics and science should allow us to do much better.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 13 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 8%
Sweden 1 8%
Switzerland 1 8%
Unknown 10 77%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 5 38%
Other 3 23%
Professor 2 15%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 8%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 7 54%
Computer Science 2 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 8%
Psychology 1 8%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 1 8%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 1 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. 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 10 December 2012.
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Altmetric has tracked 3,633,617 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 90th percentile: it's in the top 10% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 115 research outputs from this source. They receive a mean Attention Score of 2.3. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 93% of its peers.
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We're also able to compare this research output to 4 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has scored higher than all of them