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Around half of Wikipedia’s medical editors are experts

“Wikipedia is known to be a go-to place for healthcare information for both professionals and the lay public. The first question everyone asks is: but how reliable is it? In a new study, just published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, we took a different approach. We wanted to know more about the people behind the medical pages on Wikipedia, what background do they come from, whether they have specific interests in health and what drives them to contribute to Wikipedia. Because getting health-related content on Wikipedia right is about more than getting the facts correct. It’s about how the information is presented, how topics are covered and what perspectives taken. You can read the paper here: http://www.jmir.org/2014/12/e260” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Wikipedia’s medical errors and one doctor’s fight to correct them

“You can’t always believe what you read on the internet. That is particularly true when it comes to medical information in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. But one doctor is on a mission to change that. Dr. James Heilman works as an emergency room physician in Cranbrook, B.C., and is also a clinical instructor at UBC. He’s just returned from Wikimania, a Wikipedia conference that was held in London this August, where he encouraged his colleagues to help edit and improve the accuracy of medical information found on Wikipedia.”We know Wikipedia isn’t perfect. We know it can be better,” says Heilman.” (via CBC News)

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Wikipedia Is NOT A Doctor — And A Study Confirms It

“Your high school teacher said it best: Wikipedia is not a reliable source. The online encyclopedia that can be edited by experts and idiots alike is an easy source of information when trying to learn about a new topic. But a new study confirms what we all (hopefully) already know: Many entries — especially medical entries — contain false information, so don’t use Wikipedia in place of a doctor. Dr. Robert Hasty of Campbell University in North Carolina, along with a team of researchers, published the study in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study calls the information published in 20,000-plus medical-related Wikipedia entries into question.” (via Huffington Post It)

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Have Questions About Healthcare Reform? The Los Angeles Public Library Has Answers

“In an effort to help Angelenos navigate changes to the healthcare system and provide access to accurate information about health issues and well-being, the Los Angeles Public Library has launched “Health Matters” at all 73 city libraries.  This initiative provides resources, workshops and enrollment assistance to help people participate in the benefits available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The resources and programs offered also focus on general health, well-being, and preventive care. “We want to make it easy for Angelenos to navigate the new health care marketplace,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “That’s why L.A. is turning our 73 public libraries into health information hubs that will help people get affordable insurance plans to improve their health and well-being.” (via Fifth & Flower)

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LIBRARIANS TO HELP WITH HEALTH LAW

“The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law.” (via Associated Press)

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