Social Media in Clinical Practice: Chapter 9, Wikipedia and Medical Wikis

When I realized Springer made the individual chapters of my book, Social Media in Clinical Practice, available, I thought it would be useful for future readers to get some insights about each chapter one by one.

Here is the short summary of what you can read about and an excerpt of the ninth chapter, Wikipedia and Medical Wikis:

A wiki is a web page or collection of web pages designed to enable anyone with access to that to contribute to or modify its content via a web browser using a simplified markup language. Wikis are powered by wiki softwares. Wikis serve as platforms for online collaboration, knowledge management and note taking. Entries can be created, edited or deleted, as well as categories, templates or pages.Topics covered:

  • Basic definitions used in wikis
  • Examples of the wiki markup language
  • Wiki Platforms and Medical Ones
  • A wiki’s quality can be assessed based on different features
  • Examples of medical wikis
  • Wikipedia, the Most Popular Wiki
  • The quality of Wikipedia entries
  • The sister projects of Wikipedia
  • Collaborative Efforts in Medicine and Healthcare
  • The medical projects of Wikipedia


Chapters that have already been covered: