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Seeking health information online: does Wikipedia matter?
Abstract OBJECTIVE To determine the significance ofOBJECTIVE To determine the significance of the English Wikipedia as a source of online health information. DESIGN The authors measured Wikipedia's ranking on general Internet search engines by entering keywords from MedlinePlus, NHS Direct Online, and the National Organization of Rare Diseases as queries into search engine optimization software. We assessed whether article quality influenced this ranking. The authors tested whether traffic to Wikipedia coincided with epidemiological trends and news of emerging health concerns, and how it compares to MedlinePlus. MEASUREMENTS Cumulative incidence and average position of Wikipedia compared to other Web sites among the first 20 results on general Internet search engines (Google, Google UK, Yahoo, and MSN, and page view statistics for selected Wikipedia articles and MedlinePlus pages. RESULTS Wikipedia ranked among the first ten results in 71-85% of search engines and keywords tested. Wikipedia surpassed MedlinePlus and NHS Direct Online (except for queries from the latter on Google UK), and ranked higher with quality articles. Wikipedia ranked highest for rare diseases, although its incidence in several categories decreased. Page views increased parallel to the occurrence of 20 seasonal disorders and news of three emerging health concerns. Wikipedia articles were viewed more often than MedlinePlus Topic (p = 0.001) but for MedlinePlus Encyclopedia pages, the trend was not significant (p = 0.07-0.10). CONCLUSIONS Based on its search engine ranking and page view statistics, the English Wikipedia is a prominent source of online health information compared to the other online health information providers studied.line health information providers studied.
Abstractsub OBJECTIVE To determine the significance ofOBJECTIVE To determine the significance of the English Wikipedia as a source of online health information. DESIGN The authors measured Wikipedia's ranking on general Internet search engines by entering keywords from MedlinePlus, NHS Direct Online, and the National Organization of Rare Diseases as queries into search engine optimization software. We assessed whether article quality influenced this ranking. The authors tested whether traffic to Wikipedia coincided with epidemiological trends and news of emerging health concerns, and how it compares to MedlinePlus. MEASUREMENTS Cumulative incidence and average position of Wikipedia compared to other Web sites among the first 20 results on general Internet search engines (Google, Google UK, Yahoo, and MSN, and page view statistics for selected Wikipedia articles and MedlinePlus pages. RESULTS Wikipedia ranked among the first ten results in 71-85% of search engines and keywords tested. Wikipedia surpassed MedlinePlus and NHS Direct Online (except for queries from the latter on Google UK), and ranked higher with quality articles. Wikipedia ranked highest for rare diseases, although its incidence in several categories decreased. Page views increased parallel to the occurrence of 20 seasonal disorders and news of three emerging health concerns. Wikipedia articles were viewed more often than MedlinePlus Topic (p = 0.001) but for MedlinePlus Encyclopedia pages, the trend was not significant (p = 0.07-0.10). CONCLUSIONS Based on its search engine ranking and page view statistics, the English Wikipedia is a prominent source of online health information compared to the other online health information providers studied.line health information providers studied.
Bibtextype misc  +
Citeulike 4409359  +
Doi 10.1197/jamia.M3059  +
Has author Michaël R. Laurent + , Tim J. Vickers +
Has extra keyword Health + , Prediction +
Has paywall mirror http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1067502709000802  +
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Has remote mirror http://171.67.114.118/content/16/4/471.full  +
Issn 1067-5027  +
Issue 4  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 55  +
Pages 471-479  +
Published in Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA +
Title Seeking health information online: does Wikipedia matter? +
Type unknown  +
Volume 16  +
Year 2009 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 29 January 2012 13:31:07  +
Categories Publications without keywords parameter  + , Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 6 February 2013 17:41:24  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2009  +
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