Wikipedia can be a great resource for getting to know a field — and it can give you an encyclopaedic overview of a subject, acting as a spring-board letting you dive deeper. It should however not be used as your only source when performing research, and you should never blindly trust Wikipedia. Over the years quite a literature has been amassed surround the reliability and biases of Wikipedia. To see some of the studies that have been produced on the quality and scope of medical information on Wikipedia take a look at some of the research:
- On Wikipedia and Medicine
- Writing a Wikipedia Article on Cultural Competence in Health Care.
Zhang & Lin Med Ref Serv Q doi: 10.1080/02763869.2016.1152143
- Influence of wikipedia and other web resources on acute and critical care decisions. a web-based survey.
Rössler et al. Intensive Care Med Exp doi: 10.1186/2197-425X-3-S1-A867
- By Wikipedians
- Wikipedia and medicine: quantifying readership, editors, and the significance of natural language.
Heilman JM, West AG J Med Internet Res doi: 10.2196/jmir.4069
- Open Access to a High-Quality, Impartial, Point-of-Care Medical Summary Would Save Lives: Why Does It Not Exist?
Heilman J PLoS Med doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001868