Wikipedia not a reliable source to diagnose symptoms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Many people visit the website Wikipedia every day across the country. There are also many people that are guilty of visiting the site at one time or another to research their current symptoms. They are doing this instead of going to the doctor.

Hopping online to look up your illness though may not be the best thing to do, especially true if you use the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. The study tested the reliability of the entries on medical Wikipedia pages. Researchers found the Wikipedia entries contradict medical research for peer-reviewed journals a whopping 90% of the time.

But it’s not just people at home who are using it. The study also found that up to 70% of physicians and medical students use it as a reference. Researchers conclude caution should be used when using websites for any medical questions.

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