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

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

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