Wikipedia can be edited by anybody and is an easy source of information when trying to learn about a new topic. Scientists, however, said the website is not a reliable source.
Not a primary resource
A new study shows that many entries in Wikipedia, especially medical entries, contain false information.
“While Wikipedia is a convenient tool for conducting research, from a public health standpoint patients should not use it as a primary resource because those articles do not go through the same peer-review process as medical journals,” said lead researcher Dr. Robert Hasty of the Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina in a statement.
Dr Hasty along with a team of researchers compared medical-related Wikipedia entries with peer-reviewed health research.
Wikipedia is not a doctor
The researchers looked at online articles for 10 costliest conditions in the US, which include back pain, asthma, and osteoarthritis.
The open access of Wikipedia has prompted concerns among medical experts about its reliability.
Dr. Hasty said people with health concerns should speak to their doctors, as it’s the “best resource.”