Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia

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Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia
Authors: Kevin A. Clauson, Hyla H. Polen, Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Joan H. Dzenowagis
Citation: The Annals of pharmacotherapy 42 (12): 1814-1811. 2008 December
Database(s): PubMed (PMID/19017825)
DOI: 10.1345/aph.1L474.
Link(s): http://aperio.typepad.com/files/scope-completeness-and-accuracy-of-drug-information-in-wikipedia.pdf
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Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia reports a study on drug information in Wikipedia and compared it with Medscape Drug Reference.

Wikipedia had more omissions but no factual errors among 80 drug-related questions/answers, e.g., for administration, contraindications and issues around pregnancy/lactation. They also find that Wikipedia has no dosage information, but this is not surprising given that Wikipedia explicit encourage authors not to add this information. Four factual errors were found in Medscape. Two were conflicting information in different parts of the text while the remaining two were due to lack of timely update.

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