WikiProject Medicine

A message to our supporters in lockdown

By Lucy Crompton-Reid, Wikimedia UK’s Chief Executive. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well during the current crisis. I think if there is a silver lining to this horrible situation it’s that I see more care and concern from friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have only met a small… read more »

Does Wikimania save lives?

This post was written by Fabian Tompsett, Wikimedian and co-ordinator of the Wikimania support team, and originally published here. I am just coming to the end of a four-month stint working for Wikimedia UK helping to deliver Wikimania 2014 at London’s Barbican Centre. It was all quite exciting and as The Signpost put it was “not too bad, actually”. In the… read more »

Free information, the internet and medicine

This post was written by Vinesh Patel, a junior doctor and an alumnus of Imperial College, London A new adventure for Wikimedia UK began this summer with a project in collaboration with Imperial College School of Medicine. In a recent BBC article, Wikimedia UK highlighted the need for everyone looking for medical information to remember Wikipedia… read more »

Wikipedia – is it fit for patient consumption?

This post was written by John Byrne, the Wikimedian in Residence at Cancer Research UK. It was first published here under a CC-BY-NC-SA licence. In our increasingly internet-enabled world, answering a question or checking a fact can be just a few clicks, swipes or touches away. In many cases these searches are likely to leave… read more »

Bringing evidence-based medicine to the world

This post was written by Wikimedia UK Associate Dr Martin Poulter Misconceptions about health are common throughout the world. For example diarrhoea patients respond well to oral rehydration therapy, but there are widespread beliefs that a child sick with diarrhoea needs to be given less fluids rather than more. The research exists to refute those misconceptions, and if… read more »