Cochrane have a commitment to producing and sharing high quality medical evidence to as broad an audience as possible. As a way of achieving this, Cochrane has partnered with Wikipedia with a view to improving the evidence base of medicine articles there, using quality, reliable secondary sources such as recent Cochrane Systematic Reviews to help improve the reliability of freely available health information.
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.
Cochrane UK have worked with Cochrane's Wikipedian in Residence, Sydney Poore, to establish a project page on Wikipedia, allowing users to easily locate articles in need of attention, and collaborate with each other in improving such articles with relevant and reliable Cochrane evidence. At the centre of the materials provided is a regularly updated list of reviews flagged up for inclusion in the project by the members of a weekly meeting at Cochrane UK. This gives users the opportunity to consult a list of articles most likely to be of interested and importance to the editors of Wikipedia's medicine-related articles.
For more information, visit the project page on Wikipedia here.