Using Wikipedia effectively

Using Wikipedia effectively
Using Wikipedia effectively

Wikipedia is a free on-line encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. Wikipedia contains over 40,000 health-related articles. Medical Wikipedia articles receive approximately 10 million visits per day from around the world, and the English health articles alone received over 2.2 billion views in 2017.

Cochrane has a partnership with Wikipedia and a number of projects which are on-going which are summarised here.


Get involved

The Cochrane community is invited to participate in keeping Wikipedia up to date. Cochrane Review Groups, Centres, and Fields are starting to incorporate Wikipedia dissemination approaches into their knowledge translation workflow.

The first step is to learn to edit Wikipedia and how to insert citations into Wikipedia articles. Please see 'WikiProject Medicine: How to edit' and 'Introduction to Medical Editing: Cheat sheet' to learn how to edit Wikipedia.

Cochrane evidence can be paraphrased from the Plain Language Summary, Abstract, or full-text version of the review (as appropriate) and inserted into health-related Wikipedia articles with the Cochrane citation.

The following blog discusses how to improve the quality of Wikipedia using Cochrane evidence.

If you want further help or have any questions, please contact Jenny Dawson.