Cochrane and Wikipedia

Thanks again are due to HIFA 2015 for alerting us to the following news from the Cochrane Collaboration. 

The Cochrane Collaboration officially announces a new partnership with Wikiproject Medicine to improve the reliability and accessibility of Wikipedia medical information online.

Articles relating to medicine are viewed more than 180 million times per month on Wikipedia , yet, less than 1 per cent of these have passed a formal peer reviewed process. This opens up a unique opportunity for Cochrane, the independent global healthcare research network , to share expertise and work with Wikipedia editors to transform the quality and content of health evidence online.

The resource and assistance given to editors will help to encourage the inclusion of evidence within all articles and make sure that medical information included in Wikipedia is of the highest quality and as accurate as possible. Trusted, evidence based research can help people to make informed decisions about their own healthcare.

Nigel Palmer                                 Phi

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About nigepalphi

I am a trustee of Partnerships in Health Information. I was librarian of the Health Education Council in London from 1969 to 1972, then librarian of St Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1972 to 2002.
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