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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:
- Mandler, Michael D. (26 January 2017). "Glaring Chemical Errors Persist for Years on Wikipedia". Journal of Chemical Education. ISSN 0021-9584. doi:10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00478.
- James, Richard (2016). "WikiProject Medicine: Creating Credibility in Consumer Health". Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 16 (4): 344–351. ISSN 1532-3269. doi:10.1080/15323269.2016.1221284.
- Azzam, Amin; Bresler, David; Leon, Armando; Maggio, Lauren; Whitaker, Evans; Heilman, James; Orlowitz, Jake; Swisher, Valerie; Rasberry, Lane; Otoide, Kingsley; Trotter, Fred; Ross, Will; McCue, Jack D. (2016). "Why Medical Schools Should Embrace Wikipedia". Academic Medicine: 1. ISSN 1040-2446. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000001381.
- Conell, J (December 2016). "Online information seeking by patients with bipolar disorder: results from an international multisite survey.". International journal of bipolar disorders. 4 (1): 17. PMID 27552813.
33% preferred Wikipedia
- Back, DA; Behringer, F; Haberstroh, N; Ehlers, JP; Sostmann, K; Peters, H (20 August 2016). "Learning management system and e-learning tools: an experience of medical students' usage and expectations.". International journal of medical education. 7: 267–73. PMID 27544782.
The participants valued lecture notes (73.7%) and Wikipedia (74%) as their most important online sources for knowledge acquisition.
- Sebelefsky, C; Voitl, J; Karner, D; Klein, F; Voitl, P; Böck, A (18 August 2016). "Internet use of parents before attending a general pediatric outpatient clinic: does it change their information level and assessment of acute diseases?". BMC pediatrics. 16: 129. PMID 27538782.
Most common online resources utilized for this purpose are websites run by doctors (61.3 %), the outpatient clinic's homepage (56.3 %), Google (40 %), Wikipedia (32.5 %)
- Saparova, D; Nolan, NS (January 2016). "Evaluating the appropriateness of electronic information resources for learning.". Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA. 104 (1): 24–32. PMC . PMID 26807049.
Judging by the learning outcomes, all three information resources were found appropriate for learning. (Wikipedia, AccessMedicine, UpToDate)
- Torous, J; Franzan, J; O'Connor, R; Mathew, I; Keshavan, M; Kitts, R; Boland, R (December 2015). "Psychiatry Residents' Use of Educational Websites: A Pilot Survey Study.". Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry. 39 (6): 630–3. PMID 26077007.
Residents reported utilizing online resources on average 68 % of the time, in comparison to 32 % on average for printed materials. Residents reported UpToDate, PubMed, and Wikipedia as the most visited websites and ranked each highly but for different purposes.
- Masukume, Gwinyai; Heilman, James; Häggström, Mikael (24 May 2016). "Why getting medical information from Wikipedia isn’t always a bad idea". The Conversation. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
- Kelton (February 2016), Pulse of Online Search Survey: Initial Data (PDF), Makovsky PR, retrieved 25 March 2016
- Putman, T.; Burgstaller, S.; Waagmeester, A.; Wu, C.; Su, A. I.; Good, B. (2015). "Centralizing content and distributing labor: a community model for curating the very long tail of microbial genomes.". doi:10.1101/031286.
- Mitraka, E.; Waagmeester, A.; Burgstaller-Muehlbacher, S.; Schriml, L. M.; Su, A. I.; Good, B. M. (2015). "Wikidata: A platform for data integration and dissemination for the life sciences and beyond". doi:10.1101/031971.
- Pfundner, Alexander; Schönberg, Tobias; Horn, John; Boyce, Richard D; Samwald, Matthias (5 May 2015). "Utilizing the Wikidata System to Improve the Quality of Medical Content in Wikipedia in Diverse Languages: A Pilot Study". Journal of Medical Internet Research. 17 (5): e110. doi:10.2196/jmir.4163.
- Nowrouzi, Behdin; Gohar, Basem; Nowrouzi-Kia, Behnam; Garbaczewska, Martyna; Brewster, Keith (April 2015). "An Examination of Scope, Completeness, Credibility, and Readability of Health, Medical, and Nutritional Information on the Internet: A Comparative Study of Wikipedia, WebMD, and the Mayo Clinic Websites". Canadian Journal of Diabetes. 39: S71. doi:10.1016/j.jcjd.2015.01.267. (conference abstract in journal supplement)
- Herbert, Verena G; Frings, Andreas; Rehatschek, Herwig; Richard, Gisbert; Leithner, Andreas (2015). "Wikipedia – challenges and new horizons in enhancing medical education". BMC Medical Education. 15 (1). ISSN 1472-6920. PMID 25879421. doi:10.1186/s12909-015-0309-2.
- Azer, Samy A. (2015). "Is Wikipedia a reliable learning resource for medical students? Evaluating respiratory topics". Advances in Physiology Education. 39 (1): 5–14. ISSN 1043-4046. doi:10.1152/advan.00110.2014.
- Heilman, James M; West, Andrew G (2015). "Wikipedia and Medicine: Quantifying Readership, Editors, and the Significance of Natural Language". Journal of Medical Internet Research. 17 (3): e62. ISSN 1438-8871. PMID 25739399. doi:10.2196/jmir.4069.
- Venkatraman, Anand; Kumar, Nilay; Garg, Neetika (February 2015). "Greater freedom of speech on Web 2.0 correlates with dominance of views linking vaccines to autism". Vaccine. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.01.078.
- Murray, T. (2 February 2015). "WikiProject Medicine making progress". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 187 (4): 245–245. doi:10.1503/cmaj.109-4982.
- Brigo, F; Erro, R (18 January 2015). "The readability of the English Wikipedia article on Parkinson's disease.". Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. PMID 25596713.
- Brigo, F; Otte, WM; Igwe, SC; Tezzon, F; Nardone, R (16 January 2015). "Clearly written, easily comprehended? The readability of websites providing information on epilepsy.". Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 44C: 35–39. PMID 25601720.
- For older articles see Research publications
- This list is incomplete. We try to keep the list free of bias, but encourage you not to take our word for it — so here are some suggested searches: