Cochrane and Wikipedia have a partnership for Cochrane to work with Wikipedia medical editors to transform the quality and content of health evidence available online. The partnership, formalized in 2014, supports the inclusion of relevant evidence within all Wikipedia medical articles, as well as processes to help ensure that medical information included in Wikipedia is of the highest quality and as accurate as possible. Trusted, evidence-based research can help people to make informed decisions about their own health care.
New and updated Cochrane Systematic Reviews are published every week. Prior to publication, each new review is discussed at a weekly Analysis of Review Group Output (ARGO) meeting by a group of health and communications specialists at Cochrane UK. During this meeting, reviews can be flagged up as being suitable for reporting on blogs, sharing with the media, as well as being used to improve the evidence-base of articles on Wikipedia.
The aim of this project is to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles with up-to-date, notable Cochrane evidence.
We suggest starting in one of three ways:
- Choose a Cochrane review from those listed in the table, here, paraphrase its conclusions, and add the summary to a Wikipedia article.
- Choose a Cochrane review, search for a relevant Wikipedia article, and post a link to it in the 'suggested articles' column, here.
- Choose a Wikipedia article from the 'suggested articles' column, here, and use the adjacent affiliated Cochrane review to enhance it.
Whether you are new to editing Wikipedia or you are fully fledged Wiki Med Editor, join our project and help update Wikipedia with the latest Cochrane Evidence!