Comparison of the Impact of Wikipedia, UpToDate, and a Digital Textbook on Short-Term Knowledge Acquisition among Medical Students: Randomized Controlled Trial of Three Web-Based Resources

by Michael A Scaffidi, Rishad Khan, Christopher Wang et al.
JMIR Med Educ 2017;3(2):e20, July-December – Published on 31.10.17

10 pp. 955 kB

Medical students who used Wikipedia had superior short-term knowledge acquisition compared with those who used a digital textbook. Additionally, the Wikipedia group trended toward better post-test performance compared with the UpToDate group, though this difference was not significant. There were no significant differences between the UpToDate group and the digital textbook group. This study challenges the view that Wikipedia should be discouraged among medical students, instead suggesting a potential role in medical education.

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