Evolution of wikipedia’s medical content: past, present and future

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dc.contributor.author Shafee, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Masukume, Gwinyai
dc.contributor.author Kipersztok, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Das, Diptanshu
dc.contributor.author Häggström, Mikael
dc.contributor.author Heilman, James
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-18T09:40:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-18T09:40:14Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Shafee, T., Masukume, G., Kipersztok, L., Das, D., Häggström, M. and Heilman, J. (2017) 'Evolution of wikipedia’s medical content: past, present and future', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-208601 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 9
dc.identifier.issn 0143-005X
dc.identifier.issn 1470-2738
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4893
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/jech-2016-208601
dc.description.abstract As one of the most commonly read online sources of medical information, Wikipedia is an influential public health platform. Its medical content, community, collaborations and challenges have been evolving since its creation in 2001, and engagement by the medical community is vital for ensuring its accuracy and completeness. Both the encyclopaedia’s internal metrics as well as external assessments of its quality indicate that its articles are highly variable, but improving. Although content can be edited by anyone, medical articles are primarily written by a core group of medical professionals. Diverse collaborative ventures have enhanced medical article quality and reach, and opportunities for partnerships are more available than ever. Nevertheless, Wikipedia’s medical content and community still face significant challenges, and a socioecological model is used to structure specific recommendations. We propose that the medical community should prioritise the accuracy of biomedical information in the world’s most consulted encyclopaedia. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group en
dc.relation.uri http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2017/08/24/jech-2016-208601
dc.rights © 2017, Article authors or their employer unless otherwise stated in the text of the Article. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Wikipedia en
dc.subject Medical information en
dc.title Evolution of wikipedia’s medical content: past, present and future en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Gwinyai Masukume, Medicine, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353 21 490 3000 Email: gwinyai.masukume@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress gwinyai.masukume@ucc.ie en


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