Using Wikipedia effectively

Using Wikipedia effectively
Using Wikipedia effectively

Wikipedia contains over 36,000 health-related articles and is a free on-line encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. Human health-related content on Wikipedia is available in over 283 languages and receives approximately 10 million visits per day from around the world. English medical articles alone received over 2.1 billion views in 2018.

Cochrane has been working with WikiProject Medicine since 2014 with the joint goal being to improve health-related articles on Wikipedia. Ongoing Cochrane-Wikipedia projects are summarised here.

Get involved

The Cochrane Community is invited to participate by improving health-related Wikipedia articles using evidence from Cochrane Systematic Reviews and keeping Wikipedia articles up to date. Cochrane Review Groups, Centres, and Fields are starting to incorporate Wikipedia dissemination approaches into their knowledge translation workflow.

Getting started: The first step is to learn to edit Wikipedia and how to insert citations into Wikipedia articles.

Please see Cochrane-Wikipedia Project: Getting Started and our 'Introduction to Medical Editing: Cheat sheet' to learn how to edit Wikipedia.

What content is appropriate to add? 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 have any questions on how to get started, please contact Jennifer Dawson, Wikipedia Consultant for Cochrane.