Scientists say Wikipedia full of medical errors
The next time you think about looking for health infomation on Wikipedia, you may want to consider another choice. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the online encyclopedia contains significant medical errors.
Ten researchers looked at online articles for 10 of the most expensive conditions in the U.S., including osteoarthritis, back pain and asthma. They printed articles on April 25, 2012, and analyzed the content, and they found that 90 percent of the entries made statements that contradicted the latest medical research. They also found that Wikipedia contained errors in nine out of 10 health entries.
Wikipedia, which provides 30 million articles in 285 languages, can be edited by anyone. Many volunteers from the medical community do check the pages for inaccuracies, but the information doesn't go through the peer review process of scientific research.
Based on what they found, the researchers recommended that if you have health or medical questions, talk to your doctor or a health professional instead of relying on Wikipedia.