Wikipedia and 'open source' mental health information

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Wikipedia and 'open source' mental health information
Authors: Jean Mercer [edit item]
Citation: Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice 17 (4): 373-374. 2007 July.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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Wikipedia and 'open source' mental health information is a publication by Jean Mercer.


[edit] Abstract

The article examines the function of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, as an online information source on topics related to mental health. It outlines some issues about Wikipedia's handling of mental health topics. It provides some suggestions for solving certain problems concerning Wikipedia information as well as the current level of truthfulness of the Wikipedia. It recommends useful Web sites dedicated to preventing misinformation, such as QuackWatch.

[edit] Research questions

"This paper will review the functioning of Wikipedia, outline some issues about Wikipedia's handling of mental health topics, and provide some suggestions for resolution of certain problems concerning Wikipedia information, and the current level of "truthiness""

Research details

Topics: Reliability [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [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: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Examination of mental health articles in Wikipedia suggests that a higher quality of work would be desirable in a source so easily accessible to concemed members of the public. Some changes may be suggested as ways to improve the quality of articles dealing with mental health issues, but these would all require serious involvement of more mental health professionals both in writing Wikipedia articles and in communication with the Wikipedia organization. In accord with the Wiki philosophy, the addition of larger numbers of people may help maintain accuracy, and the difference between relatively accurate and relatively inaccurate articles may depend on the size of the group working on them."

[edit] Comments

""the addition of larger numbers of people may help maintain accuracy, and the difference between relatively accurate and relatively inaccurate articles may depend on the size of the group working on them." p.91"


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AbstractThe article examines the function of the fThe article examines the function of the free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, as an online information source on topics related to mental health. It outlines some issues about Wikipedia's handling of mental health topics. It provides some suggestions for solving certain problems concerning Wikipedia information as well as the current level of truthfulness of the Wikipedia. It recommends useful Web sites dedicated to preventing misinformation, such as QuackWatch.enting misinformation, such as QuackWatch.
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Collected data time dimensionCross-sectional +
Comments"the addition of larger numbers of people may help maintain accuracy, and the difference between relatively accurate and relatively inaccurate articles may depend on the size of the group working on them." p.91
ConclusionExamination of mental health articles in WExamination of mental health articles in Wikipedia

suggests that a higher quality of work would be desirable in a source so easily accessible to concemed members of the public. Some changes may be suggested as ways to improve the quality of articles dealing with mental health issues, but these would all require serious involvement of more mental health professionals both in writing Wikipedia articles and in communication with the Wikipedia organization. In accord with the Wiki philosophy, the addition of larger numbers of people may help maintain accuracy, and the difference between relatively accurate and relatively inaccurate articles may

depend on the size of the group working on them.
on the size of the group working on them.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikipedia%2Band%2B%27open%2Bsource%27%2Bmental%2Bhealth%2Binformation%22 +
Has authorJean Mercer +
Has domainInformation systems +
Has topicReliability +
Issue4 +
MonthJuly +
Pages373-374 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inScientific Review of Mental Health Practice +
Research designContent analysis +
Research questionsThis paper will review the functioning of This paper will review the functioning of Wikipedia, outline some issues about Wikipedia's handling of mental health topics, and provide some suggestions for resolution of certain problems concerning Wikipedia information, and the current level of "truthiness"ion, and the current level of "truthiness"
Revid11,082 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleWikipedia and 'open source' mental health information
Unit of analysisWebsite +
Urlhttp://0-web.ebscohost.com.mercury.concordia.ca/ehost/detail?sid=4da7f265-2cad-4e99-81c9-9b03b779cb38%40sessionmgr111&vid=1&hid=123&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#anchor=%40AUTHOR&db=a9h&AN=27802650 +
Volume17 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageEnglish +
Wikipedia page typeArticle +
Year2007 +