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Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion
Abstract The Internet has become an important healtThe 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.ndable, and up-to-date health information.
Abstractsub The Internet has become an important healtThe 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.ndable, and up-to-date health information.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.2196/jmir.1589  +
Has author Heilman J.M. + , Kemmann E. + , Bonert M. + , Chatterjee A. + , Ragar B. + , Beards G.M. + , Iberri D.J. + , Harvey M. + , Thomas B. + , Stomp W. + , Martone M.F. + , Lodge D.J. + , Vondracek A. + , De Wolff J.F. + , Liber C. + , Grover S.C. + , Vickers T.J. + , Mesko B. + , Laurent M.R. +
Has extra keyword Article + , Book + , Comparative study + , Consumer health information + , Evaluation + , Health + , Health promotion + , Human + , Information dissemination + , Information service + , Internet + , Methodology + , Patient education + , Public health + , Consumer Health Information + , Encyclopedias as Topic + , Health Promotion + , Humans + , Information Dissemination + , Information Services + , Patient Education as Topic + , Public Health + , World Health +
Has keyword Health information + , Internet + , Knowledge dissemination + , Medical education + , Patient education + , Public health + , Wikipedia +
Issn 14388871  +
Issue 1  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Published in Journal of Medical Internet Research +
Pubmed 21282098  +
Title Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion +
Type literature review  +
Volume 13  +
Year 2011 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 12:02:38  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Literature reviews  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 12:02:38  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2011  +
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