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Wikipedia – challenges and new horizons in enhancing medical education

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Education, March 2015
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Title
Wikipedia – challenges and new horizons in enhancing medical education
Published in
BMC Medical Education, March 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12909-015-0309-2
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Authors

Verena G Herbert, Andreas Frings, Herwig Rehatschek, Gisbert Richard, Andreas Leithner

Abstract

Wikipedia gains growing attention as a provider of health information. This study aimed to investigate the use, relevance and challenges of Wikipedia among medical students. An online questionnaire was made accessible to students at five medical universities in Germany, Austria, and Norway. Besides demographical data, the questions covered the role of Wikipedia in the academic life of medical students. The questionnaire investigated if the students had ever found erroneous medical entries and whether they corrected these. A frequent use of Wikipedia in general is statistically significant correlated with a frequent use in medical studies (p < 0.001). Information retrieved from Wikipedia is predominantly critically appraised either by comparing it to profound knowledge (79%) and/or to specific literature (75%). Despite most (97%) respondents disclosed that they already had found false information in Wikipedia, recognized errors were seldomly corrected (~20%). The information retrieved from Wikipedia is critically appraised. However, we found shortcomings in handling erroneous entries. We argue for professional responsibility among medical students in dealing with this dynamic resource. Moreover, we encourage medical schools to supplement information to Wikipedia to further benefit from the vast possibilities of this platform.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Unknown 63 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 10 16%
Student > Master 10 16%
Student > Bachelor 9 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 8%
Student > Postgraduate 5 8%
Other 14 22%
Unknown 11 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 21 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 8%
Social Sciences 4 6%
Computer Science 3 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 5%
Other 15 23%
Unknown 13 20%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 20. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 February 2024.
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#1,860,776
of 25,389,520 outputs
Outputs from BMC Medical Education
#231
of 3,964 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#23,239
of 273,151 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medical Education
#8
of 64 outputs
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