Is Wikipedia unsuitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?

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Is Wikipedia unsuitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?
Authors: Michael P. Pender, Kaye Lasserre, Christopher Del Mar, Lisa Kruesi, Satyamurthy Anuradha [edit item]
Citation: Medical Teacher 31 (12): 1095-1096. 2009. Informa Healthcare.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: No
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DOI: 10.3109/01421590903498412.
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Is Wikipedia unsuitable as a clinical information resource for medical students? is a publication by Michael P. Pender, Kaye Lasserre, Christopher Del Mar, Lisa Kruesi, Satyamurthy Anuradha.


[edit] Abstract

Guiding students’ use of clinical information resources is an important role of a medical program, given the need to establish information literacy, evidence-based practice and lifelong learning habits amongst medical students. Observations that students were citing Wikipedia and concerns about the Google generation's information handling prompted us to compare this source with long-standing information resources (Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) 2008).

[edit] Research questions

"Is Wikipedia suitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?"

Research details

Topics: Comprehensiveness, Currency, Readability and style, Reliability, Health information source, Domain-specific student readership [edit item]
Domains: Health, Education [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Content analysis [edit item]
Data source: Websites, 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: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The entries in Wikipedia, in comparison with the other resources, were easy to access, navigate and well presented. Although reasonably concise and current, the Wikipedia entries failed to cover key aspects of two of the topics, and contained some factual errors. Wikipedia was judged unsuitable for medical students."

[edit] Comments

"Non-peer-reviewed letter to editor. However, the methodology of this analysis seemed suitably rigorous."


Further notes[edit]

No abstract (Letter to the editor), but added first paragraph.

The paper is the same study as reported in the conference paper Putting Wikipedia to the test: a case study.

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AbstractGuiding students’ use of clinical informatGuiding students’ use of clinical information resources is an important role of a medical program, given the need to establish information literacy, evidence-based practice and lifelong learning habits amongst medical students. Observations that students were citing Wikipedia and concerns about the Google generation's information handling prompted us to compare this source with long-standing information resources (Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) 2008).nformation Systems Committee (JISC) 2008).
Added by wikilit teamNo but verified +
Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
CommentsNon-peer-reviewed letter to editor. However, the methodology of this analysis seemed suitably rigorous.
ConclusionThe entries in Wikipedia, in comparison wiThe entries in Wikipedia, in comparison with the other

resources, were easy to access, navigate and well presented. Although reasonably concise and current, the Wikipedia entries failed to cover key aspects of two of the topics, and

contained some factual errors. Wikipedia was judged unsuitable for medical students.
as judged unsuitable for medical students.
Data sourceWebsites + and Wikipedia pages +
Doi10.3109/01421590903498412 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Is%2BWikipedia%2Bunsuitable%2Bas%2Ba%2Bclinical%2Binformation%2Bresource%2Bfor%2Bmedical%2Bstudents%3F%22 +
Has authorMichael P. Pender +, Kaye Lasserre +, Christopher Del Mar +, Lisa Kruesi + and Satyamurthy Anuradha +
Has domainHealth + and Education +
Has topicComprehensiveness +, Currency +, Readability and style +, Reliability +, Health information source + and Domain-specific student readership +
Issue12 +
Pages1095-1096 +
Peer reviewedNo +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inMedical Teacher +
PublisherInforma Healthcare +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionsIs Wikipedia suitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?
Revid11,166 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleIs Wikipedia unsuitable as a clinical information resource for medical students?
Unit of analysisArticle +
Volume31 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2009 +