Training modules/dashboard/slides/11001-the-challenge-of-medical-topics

The challenges of editing medical topicsEdit

Wikipedia is one of the leading websites people turn to for medical information, more so than websites from the National Institute of Health, World Health Organization, or WebMD.

Poor information about on medical topics can have real-world consequences for readers who don't always bring the amount of skepticism they should to Wikipedia's health information.

That's why Wikipedia has strict standards for editing content about medicine and psychology, which can make it challenging for student editors to contribute. MEDRS is short for "Medical Reliable Sources," and it's the set of guidelines for identifying reliable sources in medicine.

This orientation will give you an overview of those requirements, which are always available in detail by using typing the Wikipedia shortcut WP:MEDRS into the search bar on Wikipedia.