Submissions/US National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Health: systematic reviews as a resource for Wikipedia medical pages

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no. 154
Title of the submission

US National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Health: systematic reviews as a resource for Wikipedia medical pages

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)


Author of the submission

Hilda Bastian

E-mail address


HB-NCBI (talk) 00:47, 19 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at US National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Contractor)

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world’s largest medical library, and is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One of its digital resources, PubMed, is recommended by WikiProject Medicine as a starting point for locating peer-reviewed medical sources. PubMed’s IDs support citation for biomedical literature within the Wikipedia, providing an automated link back to PubMed.

PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature. Links may include full-text content from PubMed Central, PubMed Bookshelf and publisher websites. PubMed and its associated digital resources are developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the NLM.

In 2011, the NCBI released an expanded specialist resource for systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness at PubMed Health. Clinical effectiveness research aims to answer the question “what works” in health care. Systematic reviews can also address other questions, for example by reviewing studies aiming to establish the causes of a disease. WikiProject Medicine describes systematic reviews in reliable, third-party published sources as “ideal sources for biomedical material”.

PubMed Health draws together close to 20,000 clinical effectiveness reviews published since 2003, and it is developing and growing steadily. The resource gathers as much free, high quality content related to each review as possible, such as full text and summaries for consumers or clinicians, as well as critical summaries of the reviews. Searches in PubMed Health also run filtered searches for systematic reviews in PubMed, thus identifying systematic reviews on questions other than clinical effectiveness.

This presentation will cover the key elements of systematic reviews as well as PubMed Health and its range of resources. The various ways that PubMed Health and other PubMed-related resources can support the work of Wikipedia will be a key focus.

Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
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Slides or further information (optional)

PubMed Health can be reached directly at, or via the dropdown box next to PubMed’s search.

You can read more about PubMed Health here.

Twitter: @PubMedHealth


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Time & place

This session will be held in room 308 on Thursday, July 12, 2012 in the 11:40 – 13:00 time slot.