Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wikipedia for Drug Information

Several posts on this blog have looked at the varying ways Wikipedia can be used for addressing medical concepts.  Reuters Health reports today on a study from researchers at Nova Southeastern University that compares the scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia when comparted to Medscape Drug Reference (MDR). 

Using assessments in 8 categories of drug information, the study authors report that Wikipedia answered fewer drug questions than MDR (40% vs. 82.5%, p<0.001) see PubMed abstract.

Interesting article.  Did you know to date there are over 30 articles in Pubmed referencing Wikipedia? More than 50 mention wikis in general? 

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2 Comments:

Blogger Cleo said...

I wonder why they used Medscape as opposed to MedlinePlus?

11/26/2008 7:53 AM  
Blogger amylue said...

I often find that this sort of research and recommendations leave out MedlinePlus and wonder about it too.

12/29/2008 1:16 PM  

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