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Using Wikipedia as a source of Health Information

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Study carried out in Wikipedia about vaccines to find out its features and quality

Study carried out in Wikipedia about vaccines to find out its features and quality

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    • 1. Using Wikipedia as a Source of Vaccine Information for our Patients in Health Care Settings Miguel A. Mayer Angela Leis Medical Association of Barcelona (COMB), SPAIN
    • 2. Summary
      • Background
      • Design & Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusions
    • 3. Background
      • Wikipedia is a Web 2.0 tool
      • Wikipedia is one of the most popular resources on the Internet (visited by means of search engines)
      • By and large, different studies show that the quality of health information in Wikipedia is not bad but incomplete
    • 4. Objective
      • To determine whether the vaccine information in Wikipedia (in English and Spanish) has enough quality to recommend it to our patients in health care settings
    • 5. Design & Methods
      • Observational study
      • Based on the evaluation of vaccine articles in Wikipedia (in English and in Spanish)
      • Wiki search engine: Using terms such as “vaccination”, “vaccines”, “vacunas” and “vacunación”
      • Six articles were included (3 in English and 3 in Spanish )
      • Variables: article name, quality of information, number of users and changes in the article
    • 6.  
    • 7.  
    • 8. ?
    • 9. Results
      • It is not always clear which environment the vaccines are recommended or scheduled for
      • The number of changes varies from tens to hundreds depending on the article
      • 50% editors are robots or anonymous, and around 90% of those identified there is not enough information to know who they actually are
      • No standard terminologies are used to refer to vaccines
    • 10. Conclusions
      • The information about vaccines changes widely in size and detail depending on the topic and the language
      • It’s a rare event to find or identify health professionals as editors
      • Wikipedia about vaccines could be useful for general educational purposes but supervised by health professionals
      • More studies are needed
    • 11. Contact
      • Miguel A. Mayer & Angela Leis
      • e-mail:
      • [email_address]
      • [email_address]
      • Dept. of Web Mèdica Acreditada
      • http://wma.comb.es