Wikiproject Medicine partnership aims for greater reliability on Wikipedia

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Healthcare research network The Cochrane Collaboration has begun a partnership with Wikiproject Medicine, to improve the reliability and accessibility of Wikipedia medical information online.

Medical articles are viewed more than 180 million times per month on Wikipedia, but less than 1% have passed a peer review process.

Dr James Heilman, Wikiproject Medicine Foundation Board of Directors, said: "Much of Wikipedia can still use improvement and we know that with the support of research evidence experts, our goal to create easy-to-read, thoroughly referenced articles can be more easily reached and maintained."

Cochrane will work with Wikipedia editors, offering 100 free accounts to The Cochrane Library, to encourage the inclusion of evidence within all articles and make sure information included is as accurate as possible.

Mark Wilson, CEO of The Cochrane Collaboration, said: "This new partnership is a fantastic way to make information accessible in an easy to digest format. We hope this will help to transform the quality of the health information available to the people who need it."

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