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Evaluation of Health Information on the Web

Is Wikipedia a reliable place to find health information??

There is a lot of discussion on whether Wikipedia is a reliable place to find health information...for better or worse Wikipedia is being used by health professionals and health consumers alike.  Here are a number of sources that discuss the pros and cons:


1: Pender MP, Lasserre KE, Del Mar C, Kruesi L, Anuradha S. Is Wikipedia unsuitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?. Med Teach 2009 Dec;31(12):1095-6. PubMed PMID: 20050104. (in Letters to the Editor)

2: Brokowski L, Sheehan AH. Evaluation of pharmacist use and perception of Wikipedia as a drug information resource. Ann Pharmacother. 2009 Nov;43(11):1912-3.  PubMed PMID: 19843833.

3: Laurent MR, Vickers TJ. Seeking health information online: does Wikipedia matter? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009 Jul-Aug;16(4):471-9. Epub 2009 Apr 23. PubMed PMID: 19390105; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2705249.

4: Callis KL, Christ LR, Resasco J, et al   Improving Wikipedia: educational opportunity and professional responsibility. Trends Ecol Evol. 2009 Apr;24(4):177-9. PubMed PMID: 19269059.

5: Stillman-Lowe C. Wikipedia comes second. Br Dent J 2008 Nov 22;205(10):525.
PubMed PMID: 19023293.

6: Clauson KA, Polen HH, Boulos MN, Dzenowagis JH. Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia. Ann Pharmacother. 2008. Dec;42(12):1814-21. PMID: 19017825

7: Clauson KA, Polen HH, Boulos MN, Dzenowagis JH. Accuracy and completeness of drug information in Wikipedia. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6:912.PMID: 18998977