Report: Wikipedia The Top Source Of Health Care Info For Doctors, Patients

“Wikipedia is the single leading source of health care information for both providers and patients, with 50 percent of physicians reporting that they’ve consulted the community-edited, online encyclopedia for information on health conditions. A report from IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, a medical technology company that draws on data from more than 100,000 suppliers and 45 billion healthcare transactions each year, finds that Wikipedia is the single leading source of medical information for patients and healthcare professionals. Serious illnesses, especially less common ones, are among the most frequently searched topics by English-language users.” (via CBS Connecticut)

One Response to “Report: Wikipedia The Top Source Of Health Care Info For Doctors, Patients”

  1. gabriele hysong
    February 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    I can understand a patient using Wikipedia since they may not know that Medline Plus is a great free and vetted resource, but doctors? Now I’m worried. I think I will be quizzing my doctors to see what they use for reference materials!

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