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Who would trust Wikipedia for medical information?

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Aug• 03•09

The New Scientist reports that “Sixty-one per cent of American adults seek out health advice online.”  Looking for medical advice online is okay as long as you don’t rely on a unreliable sites.  For instance, who would trust a user generated site like Wikipedia?  The answer to this question, is doctors.

According to a report in April by US healthcare consultancy Manhattan Research, fifty percent of U.S. doctors turn to Wikipedia for medical information.

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  1. Dan Abshear says:

    While others consider Wikipedia unreliable due to potential alterations in the content of a particular topic or subject, one must remember that these great sources of information come with references to validate the content. That is what doctors do- they do not rely immediately on what they read regarding, say, a disease state or pharmaceutical. They head to the references, that are unmanipulative, and make decisions based on what they discover.

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