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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

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Chapters that have already been covered:

Mom’s Medical History: Matrix of Ruled Out Conditions

A few days ago, I described the medical mystery of a mother in details and how the husband and now more and more doctors try to help find the diagnosis through crowdsourcing. They created a wiki for listing the potential hypotheses so then anyone can leave comments on them easily.

And now here is a matrix of ruled out conditions to help doctors get a clear picture about what we have excluded so far. We hope to find a solution for this very special medical problem soon.

Internet in Medicine University Course: Wikipedia and Medical Wikis

 

The 4th week of the Internet in Medicine university accredited course was focusing on Medical wikis and Wikipedia.

First slideshow on medical wikis.

Take-home message:

If you want to share and create content online, a wiki is a great tool to use.

I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator since 2006 so this topic is really close to my heart. Second slideshow is dedicated to Wikipedia issues.

  • Facebook + Google + Flickr (=) Wikipedia
  • How to build an encyclopedia? Pay professionals? Certainly not.
  • I believe in the power of masses.
  • Wikipedia statistics, history (Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales)
  • 10 most visited websites in the world: Wikipedia is the 6th one.
  • Why is Wikipedia great? (Free, fast, comprehensive, discussions, easy to edit, objective, etc)
  • Why it isn’t great. (Almost the same reasons)
  • Vandalism and how we fight it: Huggle
  • Basics of editing an article; page history, talk pages
  • A Wikipedia article minute by minute:

Take-home message:

Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.

Lectures this semester:

Radiopaedia: Quizzes in Radiology

A few days ago, I described how I use Quiz.MD for keeping myself up-to-date and just came across a new feature on Radiopaedia, a radiology wiki site I frequently write about. They now offer quizzes which are actually detailed, illustrated case presentations. Really useful and can also help you boost your radiology knowledge.

One example:

Health Librarianship Wiki Canada: New Design

The Health Librarianship Wiki Canada has a great new design. This is one of the best resources regarding health/social media related information. Many thanks to Dean Giustini for managing this fabulous resource.

Internet in Medicine Course Week 4: Wikipedia and Medical Wikis

I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator since 2006 so this topic is really close to my heart. First slideshow is dedicated to Wikipedia issues.

  • Facebook + Google + Flickr (=) Wikipedia
  • How to build an encyclopedia? Pay professionals? Certainly not.
  • I believe in the power of masses.
  • Wikipedia statistics, history (Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales)
  • 10 most visited websites in the world: Wikipedia is the 6th one.
  • Why is Wikipedia great? (Free, fast, comprehensive, discussions, easy to edit, objective, etc)
  • Why it isn’t great. (Almost the same reasons)
  • Vandalism and how we fight it: Huggle
  • Basics of editing an article; page history, talk pages
  • A Wikipedia article minute by minute:

Take-home message:

Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.

Second slideshow was focusing on medical wikis.

  • We need wikis for collaboration, teaching, organizing events, etc.
  • Definition of Wiki
  • Wikis in plain English:

Take-home message:

If you want to share and create content online, a wiki is a great tool to use.

Top 10 SNPs on SNPedia.com

SNPedia is a wiki investigating human genetics, sharing information about the effects of variations in DNA, citing peer-reviewed scientific publications. The blog of SNPedia just published the list of the 10 most popular SNPs accessed on the site.

SNPedia now contains nearly 10,000 SNPs and to welcome 2010 we’d like to highlight at least 10. These SNPs have been selected based on an elusive and ultimately subjective combination of medical importance, statistical believability, and overall general interest. This isn’t objective science though, so feel free to comment about why your favorite SNPs should have made the list.

Here is the list with the medical conditions or drugs they are related to.

  1. rs4244285: SNP in the CYP2C19 gene related to the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel.
  2. rs4149056: Determining risk for statin-triggered myopathy.
  3. rs1799853, rs1057910 & rs8050894: These SNPs in the CYP2C9 & VKORC1 genes help determine the optimal dose of the anticoagulant drug warfarin.
  4. rs10757278: Risk for coronary artery disease and it’s consequences (like heart attacks).
  5. rs1537415: Risk for periodontitis.
  6. rs3892097: This SNP encodes the CYP2D6*4 allele determining poorer outcome among breast cancer patients treated with tamoxifen
  7. rs1447295: Risk for prostate cancer.
  8. gs138, gs139, gs140: Represent the rapid, intermediate, and slow metabolizers for the detoxifying enzyme NAT2.
  9. rs17646946 & rs11803731: Hair curliness.
  10. rs2395029: A variety of conditions (like psoriasis, abacavir hypersensitivity) plus liver damage among patients taking the antibiotic flucloxacillin.

A Wiki about Doing Research

Dean Giustini just published a fantastic list of educational guides that will help you when you have to do some research and have questions. It’s intended for librarians but I think any kind of medical professionals will find what they are looking for. The material is on HLWiki Canada. A few of the great collections:

Web 2.0 and Medicine News: Cost of Getting Sick

  • Over 102 million people are using the Web to research prescription drug information.
  • The average physician now spends a full work day (eight hours) using the Internet for professional reasons – a substantial jump from only 2.5 hours in 2002.

AcaWiki: Democratization of Academic Knowledge

I’ve reently come across AcaWiki, an interesting project focusing on academic research and web 2.0.

Today, representatives from the new nonprofit project AcaWiki announced the opening of their website to the public. AcaWiki’s semantic-wiki based website allows scholars, students, and bloggers to easily post summaries, and discuss academic papers online. All content posted to the site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

AcaWiki’s mission is to make academic research more accessible and interactive by creating a “Wikipedia for academic research.” “Cutting-edge research is often locked behind firewalls and therefore lacks impact,” founder Neeru Paharia explains, “AcaWiki turns research hidden in academic journals into something that is more dynamic and accessible to have a greater influence in scholarship, and society.” AcaWiki enables users to easily post and discuss human-readable summaries of academic papers and literature reviews online. AcaWiki also helps users to share and organize summaries through the use of tags and RSS feeds.

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