The Accuracy and Readability of Wikipedia Articles on Hearing Loss

Andrea Simpson, Michelle Le, Alicja N. Malicka

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This study investigated the accuracy and readability of Wikipedia on the subject of hearing loss. A total of 39 articles were evaluated using a modified version of the DISCERN quality rating tool and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level tool. Twenty percent of articles were rated as ‘Good’ in accuracy, 60% as ‘Moderate’, with the remaining 20% rated as ‘Poor’. All articles, with the exception of one, scored 10 or above in readability, indicating a level of reading which is difficult to understand. A focus on improving the readability of Wikipedia for the general public is recommended to improve its effectiveness as an online health resource.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-336
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


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