Seeking health information online: does Wikipedia matter?

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA
Michaël R Laurent, Tim J Vickers

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To determine the significance of the English Wikipedia as a source of online health information. DESIGN The authors measured Wikipedia's ranking on general Internet search engines by entering keywords from MedlinePlus, NHS Direct Online, and the National Organization of Rare Diseases as queries into search engine optimization software. We assessed whether article quality influenced this ranking. The authors tested whether traffic to Wikipedia coincided with epidemiological trends and news of emerging health concerns, and how it compares to MedlinePlus. MEASUREMENTS Cumulative incidence and average position of Wikipedia compared to other Web sites among the first 20 results on general Internet search engines (Google, Google UK, Yahoo, and MSN, and page view statistics for selected Wikipedia articles and MedlinePlus pages. RESULTS Wikipedia ranked among the first ten results in 71-85% of search engines and keywords tested. Wikipedia surpassed MedlinePlus and NHS Direct Online (except for queries from the latter on Google UK), and ranked higher with quality articles. Wikipedia ranked highest for rare diseases, although its incidence in several categories decreased. Page views increased parallel to the occurrence of 20 se...Continue Reading

References

Oct 20, 2000·BMJ : British Medical Journal·P Davison
Nov 27, 2001·Journal of Medical Internet Research·B S Gerber, A R Eiser
May 15, 2003·JAMA : the Journal of the American Medical Association·Laurence BakerM Kate Bundorf
Nov 6, 2003·JAMA : the Journal of the American Medical Association·George Phillipov, Patrick J Phillips
Jan 10, 2004·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Derek L HansenCaroline R Richardson
Jun 24, 2004·JAMA : the Journal of the American Medical Association·Gunther Eysenbach, Christian Köhler
Jul 14, 2004·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Liza GreenbergDan Lorence
Aug 10, 2004·Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA·Suzanne DickersonCharles O Hershey
Jul 7, 2005·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Fred B WoodSusan Fariss
Jul 7, 2005·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Crystale Purvis CooperLucy A Peipins
Dec 16, 2005·Nature
Dec 16, 2005·Nature·Jim Giles
Mar 17, 2006·Nature·Gerald E Marsh, George S Stanford
Mar 17, 2006·Nature·Kevin Yager
Jun 9, 2006·Nature·Helen Pearson
Oct 13, 2006·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Henry W W Potts
Dec 23, 2006·BMJ : British Medical Journal·Dean Giustini
Feb 6, 2007·Genome Biology·Steven L Salzberg
Mar 8, 2007·Nature Medicine·Brandon Keim
Apr 20, 2007·Nature·John D OsborneWarren A Kibbe
Jul 7, 2007·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Punam Mony SinghManish N Raizada
Jul 11, 2007·Radiographics : a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc·Jonathan L StreeterFrank J Rybicki
Aug 23, 2007·Health Informatics Journal·Elaine G Toms, Celeste Latter
Dec 25, 2007·ACS Chemical Biology·Anirban Mahapatra
Mar 22, 2008·Science·M I Bidartondo
May 30, 2008·Genome Biology·Barend MonsAmos Bairoch
Jun 7, 2008·Science·James C HuRoy D Welch
Jun 10, 2008·American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology·Anjali J KaimalAaron B Caughey
Jun 12, 2008·BMC Bioinformatics·Sandrine PawlickiChristian Delamarche
Jul 11, 2008·PLoS Biology·Jon W HussAndrew I Su
Jul 25, 2008·PLoS Biology·Alexander R PicoChris Evelo
Aug 30, 2008·Nature Genetics·Robert Hoffmann
Sep 5, 2008·Nature·Mitch Waldrop
Oct 24, 2008·RNA·Jennifer DaubAlex Bateman
Nov 20, 2008·The Annals of Pharmacotherapy·Kevin A ClausonJoan H Dzenowagis
Nov 21, 2008·Nature·Jeremy GinsbergLarry Brilliant
Feb 7, 2009·PloS One·Anette HulthAnnika Linde

❮ Previous
Next ❯

Citations

Aug 9, 2011·Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders·Brian ReichowFred R Volkmar
Jun 5, 2013·Journal of Hand and Microsurgery·Clinton BurgosDavid Ring
Jun 25, 2013·Briefings in Bioinformatics·Jing-Woei LiMaria Victoria Schneider
Nov 3, 2010·Dermatologic Surgery : Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]·Ana-Maria ForseaAllan C Halpern
Oct 9, 2013·BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making·Suzanne S DunneWalter Cullen
Sep 3, 2013·BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making·Christina AthanasopoulouMaritta Välimäki
Jan 3, 2012·Journal of Oncology Practice·Malolan S RajagopalanYaacov R Lawrence
Oct 14, 2010·PLoS Computational Biology·Darren W LoganAlex Bateman
Feb 2, 2011·Journal of Medical Internet Research·James M HeilmanMichaël R Laurent
Oct 10, 2013·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Patrick M ArchambaultFrance Légaré
Jul 15, 2011·Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA·Philip M Davis, William H Walters
Oct 25, 2011·Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA·Natalie Kupferberg, Bridget McCrate Protus
Jun 28, 2011·Journal of Neurosurgery·Richard MairThomas A Carroll
Mar 12, 2010·The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition·Jacqueline A VernarelliRobert C Green
Sep 2, 2010·Journal of Pathology Informatics·Ji Yeon KimJohn R Gilbertson
Mar 31, 2015·Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease·Dipti Patel, Daiga Jermacane
Jul 3, 2010·Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA·Andreas LeithnerReinhard Windhager
Apr 14, 2011·Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA·Priya Nambisan
Jul 5, 2012·Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA·Marcio von Muhlen, Lucila Ohno-Machado
Dec 30, 2011·Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA·Hyeon-Eui KimLucila Ohno-Machado
Dec 17, 2014·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Nuša Farič, Henry W W Potts
Jan 18, 2013·Informatics for Health & Social Care·Michael EdwardsJane Coughlan
Aug 15, 2013·Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA·Delesha M CarpenterRobert F DeVellis
Jul 27, 2014·Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA·Jennifer PhillipsLisa Palmisano
Nov 4, 2009·Urology·Ryan K Berglund
Aug 14, 2013·Orthopedics·Kevin LutskyPedro Beredjiklian
Dec 8, 2011·Methods of Information in Medicine·A GeissbuhlerR Haux
Feb 16, 2011·Journal of Clinical Nursing·Chantal F Ski, David R Thompson
Feb 26, 2013·Seminars in Dialysis·Garry R ThomasSamir C Grover
Aug 19, 2014·Developmental Psychobiology·Christopher HarshawJulie Campbell
Mar 29, 2013·Journal of Vascular Surgery·Marc A BaileyPatrick A Coughlin
Apr 24, 2012·Journal of Vascular Surgery·Marc A BaileyD Julian A Scott
Apr 1, 2011·Patient Education and Counseling·Beniamino Palmieri, Tommaso Iannitti
Nov 20, 2012·Atencion primaria·Paula López Marcos, Javier Sanz-Valero
Mar 6, 2015·Journal of Medical Internet Research·James M Heilman, Andrew G West
May 28, 2014·Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : ECAM·Malcolm Koo
Nov 14, 2014·PLoS Computational Biology·Nicholas GenerousReid Priedhorsky
Oct 5, 2016·International Journal of Medical Informatics·Elizabeth ParkCarrie Kovarik
Sep 10, 2016·European Psychiatry : the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists·A KolliakouR Stewart
Sep 25, 2016·Journal of Medical Internet Research·Arcelio BenetoliParisa Aslani
Oct 22, 2016·The Lancet Global Health·Gwinyai MasukumeJames M Heilman
Nov 12, 2015·Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA·Dong HanLucila Ohno-Machado
Dec 20, 2011·Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine·David Metcalfe, John Powell

❮ Previous
Next ❯

Related Concepts

Trending Feeds

COVID-19

Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis fungal infections spread through inhaling Blastomyces dermatitidis spores. Discover the latest research on blastomycosis fungal infections here.

Nuclear Pore Complex in ALS/FTD

Alterations in nucleocytoplasmic transport, controlled by the nuclear pore complex, may be involved in the pathomechanism underlying multiple neurodegenerative diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia. Here is the latest research on the nuclear pore complex in ALS and FTD.

Applications of Molecular Barcoding

The concept of molecular barcoding is that each original DNA or RNA molecule is attached to a unique sequence barcode. Sequence reads having different barcodes represent different original molecules, while sequence reads having the same barcode are results of PCR duplication from one original molecule. Discover the latest research on molecular barcoding here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.

Evolution of Pluripotency

Pluripotency refers to the ability of a cell to develop into three primary germ cell layers of the embryo. This feed focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the evolution of pluripotency. Here is the latest research.

Position Effect Variegation

Position Effect Variagation occurs when a gene is inactivated due to its positioning near heterochromatic regions within a chromosome. Discover the latest research on Position Effect Variagation here.

STING Receptor Agonists

Stimulator of IFN genes (STING) are a group of transmembrane proteins that are involved in the induction of type I interferon that is important in the innate immune response. The stimulation of STING has been an active area of research in the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Here is the latest research on STING receptor agonists.

Microbicide

Microbicides are products that can be applied to vaginal or rectal mucosal surfaces with the goal of preventing, or at least significantly reducing, the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Here is the latest research on microbicides.