Wikipedia - a key tool for global public health promotion

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Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion
Authors: James M. Heilman, Eckhard Kemmann, Michael Bonert, Anwesh Chatterjee, Brent Ragar, Graham M. Beards, David J. Iberri, Matthew Harvey, Brendan Thomas, Wouter Stomp, Michael F. Martone, Daniel J. Lodge, Andrea Vondracek, Jacob F. de Wolff, Casimir Liber, Samir C. Grover, Tim J. Vickers, Bertalan Meskó, Michaël R. Laurent [edit item]
Citation: Journal of Medical Internet Research 13 (1): 153-164. 2011.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1589.
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Wikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion is a publication by James M. Heilman, Eckhard Kemmann, Michael Bonert, Anwesh Chatterjee, Brent Ragar, Graham M. Beards, David J. Iberri, Matthew Harvey, Brendan Thomas, Wouter Stomp, Michael F. Martone, Daniel J. Lodge, Andrea Vondracek, Jacob F. de Wolff, Casimir Liber, Samir C. Grover, Tim J. Vickers, Bertalan Meskó, Michaël R. Laurent.


[edit] Abstract

The Internet has become an important health information resource for patients and the general public. Wikipedia, a collaboratively written Web-based encyclopedia, has become the dominant online reference work. It is usually among the top results of search engine queries, including when medical information is sought. Since April 2004, editors have formed a group called WikiProject Medicine to coordinate and discuss the English-language Wikipedia’s medical content. This paper, written by members of the WikiProject Medicine, discusses the intricacies, strengths, and weaknesses of Wikipedia as a source of health information and compares it with other medical wikis. Medical professionals, their societies, patient groups, and institutions can help improve Wikipedia’s health-related entries. Several examples of partnerships already show that there is enthusiasm to strengthen Wikipedia’s biomedical content. Given its unique global reach, we believe its possibilities for use as a tool for worldwide health promotion are underestimated. We invite the medical community to join in editing Wikipedia, with the goal of providing people with free access to reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information.

[edit] Research questions

"This essay (a "viewpoint" article) is not investigative; it is exhortative, that is, it calls readers to action."

Research details

Topics: Scholarly contribution, Health information source [edit item]
Domains: Health [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "N/A" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article, Policy, Collaboration and coordination, Information categorization and navigation, Quality management [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English, German [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"In conclusion, we invite the medical community to join us in editing Wikipedia, with the goal of promoting health by providing readers worldwide with free access to reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information."

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Peer-reviewed: http://www.jmir.org/2011/1/e14/ says "Edited by G Eysenbach; submitted 21.06.10; peer-reviewed by D Giustini, B Hughes, J Friedlin, R Ward, R Dellavalle, L Osborn, J Mohit; comments to author 12.07.10; revised version received 16.08.10; accepted 27.08.10; published 31.01.11"

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AbstractThe Internet has become an important healtThe Internet has become an important health information resource for patients and the general public. Wikipedia, a collaboratively written Web-based encyclopedia, has become the dominant online reference work. It is usually among the top results of search engine queries, including when medical information is sought. Since April 2004, editors have formed a group called WikiProject Medicine to coordinate and discuss the English-language Wikipedia’s medical content. This paper, written by members of the WikiProject Medicine, discusses the intricacies, strengths, and weaknesses of Wikipedia as a source of health information and compares it with other medical wikis. Medical professionals, their societies, patient groups, and institutions can help improve Wikipedia’s health-related entries. Several examples of partnerships already show that there is enthusiasm to strengthen Wikipedia’s biomedical content. Given its unique global reach, we believe its possibilities for use as a tool for worldwide health promotion are underestimated. We invite the medical community to join in editing Wikipedia, with the goal of providing people with free access to reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information.ndable, and up-to-date health information.
Added by wikilit teamNo but verified +
Collected data time dimensionN/A +
ConclusionIn conclusion, we invite the medical community to join us in editing Wikipedia, with the goal of promoting health by providing readers worldwide with free access to reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information.
Data sourceN/A +
Doi10.2196/jmir.1589 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%3A%2BA%2Bkey%2Btool%2Bfor%2Bglobal%2Bpublic%2Bhealth%2Bpromotion%22 +
Has authorJames M. Heilman +, Eckhard Kemmann +, Michael Bonert +, Anwesh Chatterjee +, Brent Ragar +, Graham M. Beards +, David J. Iberri +, Matthew Harvey +, Brendan Thomas +, Wouter Stomp +, Michael F. Martone +, Daniel J. Lodge +, Andrea Vondracek +, Jacob F. de Wolff +, Casimir Liber +, Samir C. Grover +, Tim J. Vickers +, Bertalan Meskó + and Michaël R. Laurent +
Has domainHealth +
Has topicScholarly contribution + and Health information source +
Issue1 +
Pages153-164 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inJournal of Medical Internet Research +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsThis essay (a "viewpoint" article) is not investigative; it is exhortative, that is, it calls readers to action.
Revid11,075 +
TheoriesN/A
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia: A key tool for global public health promotion
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://www.jmir.org/2011/1/e14/ +
Volume13 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish + and German +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +, Policy +, Collaboration and coordination +, Information categorization and navigation + and Quality management +
Year2011 +