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Dr Wikipedia: The rise of websites as sources of information for doctors
 

Dr Wikipedia: The rise of websites as sources of information for doctors

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Wikipedia is the top source of healthcare information for both doctors and patients as half of the physicians’ worldwide use the site complementarily for information, especially for rare conditions.
 
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31 Oct 2016 - General
 
Internet usage is the most easiest way to gather information. Not only by its accessibility but as well as you can manage you time right there and then or lets just say you are in control of everything. In my experience, i do rely to internet too (e.g. google, wikipedia or any tools that provide information and i always compare all of the datas i gathered.) especially when i experience unusual signs and symptoms. This is to validate and to gain knowledge in how to treat my illness. Ofcourse, i d...
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There is so many information on the internet, fake information, real information, half fake/half-truth information!!! As a healthcare professional, I don’t think we should seek for medical information in Wikipedia. I know that Wikipedia is usually the most accessible website, with easy to understand contents in its website. But, we should be vigilant whenever we try to look for the finest medical information, with best evidence based, which may influence our management plan for our patients. I ...
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I also use Dr. Google like Maria Cristina Inserto to look up medical topics I need to check up on. Wikipedia has been deemed not to be reliable but I would still read through it and then have a look at the sources listed at the bottom of the topic to verify the authenticity. So far I honestly have not found any errors or if ever no major ones. When it comes to drugs like ...
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I still go online even for dental information. This is even more true if I need medical information because my knowledge there is not as vast. But yes, for dental, especially when I need confirmation on things I know or when something totally unknown to me comes up in a conversation with a patient, friend and so forth, I still consult Dr. Google and from time to time, I checkout what's on Wikipedia because it mostly comes up at the top of the search list. I remember when I was in College I w...
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It is the fact that the internet does not serve an authentic and reliable source of professional information but most of the population heavily rely on the sites like Wikipedia. For example, if we want to get information regarding different diseases we need to search a source that involves the information created by healthcare professionals. There is various good source of information related to the medical field like MIMS that have authentic sources for the information provided at the website. ...
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I have to agree that this does not only happen to doctors and nurses using Wikipedia as the main source of information through the website. Though I've heard a lot of critics about Wikipedia that it is not as reliable as other electronic sources, we can never hide the fact that despite of the speculations people still choose them anyway. Nowadays professionals does not have any time to open their encyclopedias rather, having their phones updated with the latest version of Medscape and other ...
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