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Does Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis
Abstract Patients 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 team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
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.
Conclusion In conclusion,thequalityofthehealthcare informationprovidedbyWikipediaandtwomajorGermanstatutoryhealth insurancesiscomparable.Theydonotmeetimportantcriteriaofevidence- basedpatientandconsumerinformationthough.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Does%2BWikipedia%2Bprovide%2Bevidence-based%2Bhealth%2Bcare%2Binformation%3F%2BA%2Bcontent%2Banalysis%22  +
Has author Ingrid Mühlhauser + , Friederike Oser +
Has domain Health +
Has topic Health information source + , Ranking and popularity +
Issue 7  +
Pages 441-448  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung Und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen +
Research design Content analysis  +
Research questions Patients 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.
Revid 10,736  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Does Wikipedia provide evidence-based health care information? A content analysis
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19209572  +
Volume 102  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language German  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2008  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:25:42  +
Categories Health information source  + , Ranking and popularity  + , Health  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:23:17  +
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