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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Medicine! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's medicine articles . While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work. Anyone can assess articles. You do not need to be an administrator, or even be a registered editor. Please follow the instructions below to help out with this ongoing task.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WPMED}} banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Medicine articles by quality and Category:Medicine articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

All articles under medicine project should try to adhere to Manual of Style (medicine-related articles). An article is unlikely to attract a grade above B class if it does not conform to style guideline. A Featured Article is the highest possible assessment, and requires a community consensus demonstrated at Featured Article Candidates per the guidelines of What Is a Featured Article? An A-Class Article is very well-written, nearly comprehensive and approaching excellence, but may still need minor edits and adjustments. Editors may nominate articles for A-Class Article status at Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Assessment/A-Class review (under construction).

Frequently asked questions[edit]

How can I get my article rated? 
First, make sure that the article is actually within the scope of the project (see below). If it is, you can list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles? 
Any member of WikiProject Medicine is free to add—or change—the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments? 
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
Where can I get more comments about my article? 
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating? 
Relist it as a request or contact the project.
Aren't the ratings subjective? 
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask on the discussion page for this department, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine directly.

Is WPMED the correct WikiProject to support this article?[edit]

This project supports articles related to medicine, such as diseases, conditions, and treatments for humans. However, there are many areas of medicine that it does not support, including veterinary medicine and alternative medicine. Additionally, there are other projects that are more closely related to some articles. Here are some other projects that may be better matches for some topics:

Probably no
Use judgment


An article's assessment is generated from the parameters in the {{WPMED}} project banner on the article's talk page. Articles for which a valid class is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed medicine articles (empty as of June 2011).


You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below. This is the rating syntax (ratings are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

{{WPMED |class= |importance=}}
  • Displays the default banner, showing the project info and only ??? for the quality and importance parameters.
  • Classed A with Top priority. All assessed articles should have quality and importance filled in.

Quality assessment[edit]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WPMED}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WPMED |class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article:

Priority assessment[edit]

An article's priority assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WPMED}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WPMED |importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

Task force parameters[edit]

If an article is within the scope of a task force, use the code below, replacing taskforce with the name of the desired task force:

{{WPMED|taskforce=Yes |taskforce-imp=???}}

The following parameters may be used for the taskforce variable, with the value always being Yes:

For task forces that use their own priority assessment, the taskforce-imp parameter should be used, replacing "taskforce" in taskforce-imp with one of the above values. Acceptable values for the taskforce-imp parameters are the same as for the importance parameter, listed above in #Priority assessment.

If a taskforce is indicated, but a taskforce-imp is not given, some taskforces will use the WPMED importance, whereas others will rank it as unassessed importance for the taskforce.

Quality scale[edit]

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale[edit]

The purpose of the importance rating is to direct the project's article improvement efforts towards the most important articles, and incidentally to provide a convenient shortlist of important topics for readers who are interested in medicine generally.

All diseases, conditions, medications, and tests are of "top" importance to people who are directly affected by them. The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability that the average reader of Wikipedia will look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics that are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to a student, expert or patient.

WPMED's specific guidelines for importance ratings are provided below. In making an assessment, it is often helpful to compare the article with others that already have the proposed rating. Links to each category are provided in the first column of this table:

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top priority Subject is extremely important, even crucial, to medicine. Strong interest from non-professionals around the world. Usually a large subject with many associated sub-articles. Less than 1% of medicine-related articles achieve this rating. Tuberculosis or Cancer
High priority Subject is clearly important. Subject is interesting to, or directly affects, many average readers. This category includes the most common diseases and treatments as well as major areas of specialization. Fewer than 10% of medicine-related articles achieve this rating. Coeliac disease or Mastectomy
Mid priority Normal priority for article improvement. A good article would be interesting or useful to many readers. Subject is notable within its particular specialty. This category includes most medical conditions, tests, approved drugs, medical subspecialties, well-known anatomy, and common signs and symptoms. Cholangiocarcinoma or Cramp
Low priority Article may only be included to cover a specific part of a more important article, or may be only loosely connected to medicine. Subject may be specific to one country or part of one country, such as licensing requirements or organizations. This category includes most of the following: very rare diseases, lesser-known medical signs, equipment, hospitals, individuals, historical information, publications, laws, investigational drugs, detailed genetic and physiological information, and obscure anatomical features. Leopard syndrome or Flynn effect
NA NA means Not an Article. This label is used for all pages that are not articles, such as templates, categories, and disambiguation pages. (To mark an article as "needs assessment" or "not assessed," simply leave the importance parameter empty, like this: |importance= ) WikiProject Medicine


WikiProject Medicine assessment statistics


Requesting an assessment or re-assessment[edit]

What you can accomplish here
This process is to find out whether your article is currently assessed at the correct level (Stub, Start, C, B) and correct importance (Low, Mid, High, Top). If you have significantly expanded an article and it is rated below B class, or if you feel the rating is otherwise incorrect, then please feel free to list it below.
What you can NOT accomplish here
  • If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, contact the volunteers at WT:MED or list it at Peer review instead.
  • If you think the article is particularly well written, then you can nominate it as a possible Good article or even as a possible Featured article.
  • We do not currently have a process for identifying A-class articles.
Add articles here! Newest requests on the BOTTOM


  • Ketosis significant update including editing of citations as article was flagged as having too many primary sources Pattkait (talk) 17:41, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Ketoacidosis recently updated Pattkait (talk) 17:41, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Mediterranean diet - arguably significant updates (not by me) since it was last assessed. Guidelines refs were added meanwhile. --Signimu (talk) 17:47, 17 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Intermittent fasting - significant updates, notably adding AHA guidelines + illustrations + other high quality sources added. Currently rated start. --Signimu (talk) 17:48, 17 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Weight Watchers (diet) - new article, no rating yet. No guidelines ref available but multiple good recent systematic reviews on RCTs used as refs. --Signimu (talk) 20:54, 17 October 2019 (UTC)
    •  Done by other editors. --Signimu (talk) 23:22, 29 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Postpartum blues - significant updates to article and references. Had not been previously rated on WikiProject Medicine. Mlshulk (talk) 14:59, 18 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Very-low-calorie diet - entire revision, adding guidelines and systematic reviews on RCTs refs + illustration. Not previously rated by any project. --Signimu (talk) 15:10, 19 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Fad diet - entire revision using guidelines, reviews and encyclopedias (for the history section) + cleaning/deleting primary sources + illustrations. New in the WP:MED project, not previously rated here. --Signimu (talk) 19:22, 21 October 2019 (UTC)
    •  Done by other editors. --Signimu (talk) 23:22, 29 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Megavitamin-B6 syndrome there's a quality assessment but not an importance assessment. Was going to say 'Mid' but wanted to go through the correct channels. - Scarpy (talk) 17:52, 21 January 2020 (UTC)