Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion

Heilman, James M., Kemmann, Eckhard, Bonert, Michael, Chatterjee, Anwesh, Ragar, Brent, Beards, Graham M., Iberri, David J., Harvey, Matthew, Thomas, Brendan, Stomp, Wouter, Martone, Michael F., Lodge, Daniel J., Vondracek, Andrea, de Wolff, Jacob F., Liber, Casimir, Grover, Samir C., Vickers, Tim J., Mesko, Bertalan and Laurent, Michael R. (2011) Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13 1: 153-164. doi:10.2196/jmir.1589

Author Heilman, James M.
Kemmann, Eckhard
Bonert, Michael
Chatterjee, Anwesh
Ragar, Brent
Beards, Graham M.
Iberri, David J.
Harvey, Matthew
Thomas, Brendan
Stomp, Wouter
Martone, Michael F.
Lodge, Daniel J.
Vondracek, Andrea
de Wolff, Jacob F.
Liber, Casimir
Grover, Samir C.
Vickers, Tim J.
Mesko, Bertalan
Laurent, Michael R.
Title Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion
Journal name Journal of Medical Internet Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1439-4456
Publication date 2011-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2196/jmir.1589
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 153
End page 164
Total pages 12
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publisher Journal of Medical Internet Research
Language eng
Abstract The Internet has become an important health information resource for patients and the general public. Wikipedia, a collaboratively written Web-based encyclopedia, has become the dominant online reference work. It is usually among the top results of search engine queries, including when medical information is sought. Since April 2004, editors have formed a group called WikiProject Medicine to coordinate and discuss the English-language Wikipedia’s medical content. This paper, written by members of the WikiProject Medicine, discusses the intricacies, strengths, and weaknesses of Wikipedia as a source of health information and compares it with other medical wikis. Medical professionals, their societies, patient groups, and institutions can help improve Wikipedia’s health-related entries. Several examples of partnerships already show that there is enthusiasm to strengthen Wikipedia’s biomedical content. Given its unique global reach, we believe its possibilities for use as a tool for worldwide health promotion are underestimated. We invite the medical community to join in editing Wikipedia, with the goal of providing people with free access to reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information.
Keyword Internet
Public health
Health information
Knowledge dissemination
Patient education
Medical education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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