May 17, 2022

American Medical Association on “Using Wikipedia For Medical Research? What To Watch For”

From the American Medical Association:
Open-source websites such as Wikipedia are popular resources for patients, physicians and medical students alike. But given that almost anyone can edit those websites’ pages, their quality is hugely variable. Given this variability, physicians have an ethical obligation to help patients avoid false or misleading health information by improving the quality of the information presented. A researcher suggests how. The AMA Code of Medical Ethics provides related guidance on research and innovation, such as opinion 7.2.1, “Principles for Disseminating Research Results,” to help physicians fulfill their ethical responsibilities with respect to sharing research findings for the ultimate benefit of patients. Opinion 1.2.12, “Ethical Practice in Telemedicine,” also outlines physicians’ fundamental responsibilities with respect to online health content.
The AMA post continues with highlights from a November 2018 AMA Journal of Ethics article, “How Should Clinicians Engage With Online Health Information?” A link to the full text article is provided.
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