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Reliability of Wikipedia as a medication information source for pharmacy students
Abstract Objective: To assess the accuracy, completObjective: To assess the accuracy, completeness, and referencing of medication information in Wikipedia compared with information found in the manufacturer's package insert. Methods: Wikipedia articles for the 20 most frequently prescribed drugs per published lists of top 200 brand and generic drugs were evaluated. Four drug information residency-trained pharmacists independently assessed the articles for specific categories of information typically found in medication package inserts. Each category was evaluated for presence in the Wikipedia article, accuracy, completeness, and referencing (fully, partially, or none). Package inserts, Micromedex Drugdex Evaluations, Clinical Pharmacology, and Lexi-Comp databases were used to verify accuracy, and completeness was evaluated by comparing article contents to package inserts alone. Results: Of the 20 categories of information assessed, a mean of twelve (range, 8–16) categories were present in each of the 20 Wikipedia articles. Categories most frequently absent were drug interactions and medication use in breastfeeding. No article contained all categories of information. Information on contraindications and precautions, drug absorption, and adverse drug events was most frequently found to be inaccurate; descriptions of off-label indications, contraindications and precautions, drug interactions, adverse drug events, and dosing were most frequently incomplete. Referencing was poor across all articles, with seven of the 20 articles not supported by any references. Conclusion: Wikipedia does not provide consistently accurate, complete, and referenced medication information. Pharmacy faculty should actively recommend against our students' use of Wikipedia for medication information and urge them to consult more credible drug information resources. more credible drug information resources.
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Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Conclusion "Based on our findings, it is concluded th"Based on our findings, it is concluded that Wikipedia does not provide consistently accurate, complete, and referenced medication information when compared with the manufacturer’s package insert. Hence, it is recommended that pharmacy faculty actively recommend against our students’ use of Wikipedia for medication information and urge them to consult more credible drug information resources."more credible drug information resources."
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Doi 10.1016/j.cptl.2011.01.007 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Reliability%2Bof%2BWikipedia%2Bas%2Ba%2Bmedication%2Binformation%2Bsource%2Bfor%2Bpharmacy%2Bstudents%22  +
Has author Stacey M. Lavsa + , Shelby L. Corman + , Colleen M. Culley + , Tara L. Pummer +
Has domain Health + , Education +
Has topic Reliability + , Domain-specific student readership +
Issue 1  +
Month April  +
Pages 154--158  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions "the aim of our study was to assess the accuracy and completeness of general drug information in Wikipedia, compared with information found in the manufacturer’s package insert" (pp. 154-155).
Revid 10,926  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Reliability of Wikipedia as a medication information source for pharmacy students
Unit of analysis Article  +
Url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877129711000086  +
Volume 3  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2011  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:30:03  +
Categories Reliability  + , Domain-specific student readership  + , Health  + , Education  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:54  +
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