Does Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis

From WikiLit
Jump to: navigation, search
Publication (help)
Does Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis
Authors: Ingrid Mühlhauser, Friederike Oser [edit item]
Citation: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung Und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen 102 (7): 441-448. 2008.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
Database(s):
DOI: Define doi.
Google Scholar cites: Citations
Link(s): Paper link
Added by Wikilit team: Added on initial load
Search
Article: Google Scholar BASE PubMed
Other scholarly wikis: AcaWiki Brede Wiki WikiPapers
Web search: Bing Google Yahoo!Google PDF
Other:
Services
Format: BibTeX
Does Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis is a publication by Ingrid Mühlhauser, Friederike Oser.


[edit] Abstract

Patients and consumers are increasingly searching the Internet for medical and healthcare information. Using the criteria of evidence-based medicine the present study analyses the websites of Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances for content and presentation of patient information. 22 senior students of health sciences and education evaluated one topic each. In a first step, they identified the evidence for their specific question. Afterwards they used their results as reference for the evaluation of the three websites. Using a check list each student and a second researcher independently rated content and presentation of the information offered. All these websites failed to meet relevant criteria, and key information such as the presentation of probabilities of success on patient-relevant outcomes, probabilities of unwanted effects, and unbiased risk communication was missing. On average items related to the objectives of interventions, the natural course of disease and treatment options were only rated as partially fulfilled". Overall there were only minor differences between the three providers except for items related to the specific nature of the websites such as disclosure of authorship conflict of interest and support offers. In addition the Wikipedia information tended to achieve lower comprehensibility. In conclusion the quality of the healthcare information provided by Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances is comparable. They do not meet important criteria of evidence-based patient and consumer information though."

[edit] Research questions

"Patients and consumers are increasingly searching th eInternet formedical an dhealth care information. Using the criteria of evidence-based medicine the present study analyses the websites of Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances for content and presentation of patient information. 22 senior students of health sciences and education evaluated one topic each.In a first step ,they identified the evidence for their specific question. Afterwards they used their results a sreference for the evaluation of the three websites.Using a checklist each student and a second researcher independently rated content and presentation of the information offered."

Research details

Topics: Health information source, Ranking and popularity [edit item]
Domains: Health [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: German [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"In conclusion,thequalityofthehealthcare informationprovidedbyWikipediaandtwomajorGermanstatutoryhealth insurancesiscomparable.Theydonotmeetimportantcriteriaofevidence- basedpatientandconsumerinformationthough."

[edit] Comments

"Even though the quality of the healthcare information provided by Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances is comparable, they do not meet important criteria of evidence-based patient and consumer information though."


Further notes[edit]

Facts about "Does Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis"RDF feed
AbstractPatients and consumers are increasingly sePatients and consumers are increasingly searching the Internet for medical and healthcare information. Using the criteria of evidence-based medicine the present study analyses the websites of Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances for content and presentation of patient information. 22 senior students of health sciences and education evaluated one topic each. In a first step, they identified the evidence for their specific question. Afterwards they used their results as reference for the evaluation of the three websites. Using a check list each student and a second researcher independently rated content and presentation of the information offered. All these websites failed to meet relevant criteria, and key information such as the presentation of probabilities of success on patient-relevant outcomes, probabilities of unwanted effects, and unbiased risk communication was missing. On average items related to the objectives of interventions, the natural course of disease and treatment options were only rated as partially fulfilled". Overall there were only minor differences between the three providers except for items related to the specific nature of the websites such as disclosure of authorship conflict of interest and support offers. In addition the Wikipedia information tended to achieve lower comprehensibility. In conclusion the quality of the healthcare information provided by Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances is comparable. They do not meet important criteria of evidence-based patient and consumer information though." patient and consumer information though."
Added by wikilit teamAdded on initial load +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsEven though the quality of the healthcare information provided by Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances is comparable, they do not meet important criteria of evidence-based patient and consumer information though.
ConclusionIn conclusion,thequalityofthehealthcare

informationprovidedbyWikipediaandtwomajorGermanstatutoryhealth insurancesiscomparable.Theydonotmeetimportantcriteriaofevidence-

basedpatientandconsumerinformationthough.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Does%2BWikipedia%2Bprovide%2Bevidence-based%2Bhealth%2Bcare%2Binformation%3F%2BA%2Bcontent%2Banalysis%22 +
Has authorIngrid Mühlhauser + and Friederike Oser +
Has domainHealth +
Has topicHealth information source + and Ranking and popularity +
Issue7 +
Pages441-448 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inZeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung Und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionsPatients and consumers are increasingly sePatients and consumers are increasingly searching th eInternet formedical an dhealth care information. Using the criteria of evidence-based medicine the present study analyses the websites of Wikipedia and two major German statutory health insurances for content and presentation of patient information. 22 senior students of health sciences and education evaluated one topic each.In a first step ,they identified the evidence for their specific question. Afterwards they used their results a sreference for the evaluation of the three websites.Using a checklist each student and a second researcher independently rated content and presentation of the information offered.d presentation of the information offered.
Revid10,736 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleDoes Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis
Unit of analysisArticle +
Urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19209572 +
Volume102 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageGerman +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2008 +