Team McCallum

R&D for Lifetime of Life

Cancer – Wikipedia v PDQ.

Prof Yaacov Lawrence of Thomas Jefferson University checked Wikipedia and The National Cancer Institute’s PDQ (Physician Data Query) against standard cancer textbooks, for 10 different cancer types.

The comparison covered covered epidemiology, etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and controversial topics in cancer care.

The team found that information and accuracy on Wikipedia matched PDQ. However, PDQ was much easier to read, at 9th grade level, compared to college level for Wikipedia.

PDQ is NCI’s comprehensive cancer database. It contains summaries on a wide range of cancer topics; a registry of 8000+ open and 19,000+ closed cancer clinical trials from around the world; and a directory of professionals who provide genetics services. PDQ also contains the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, with definitions for 6000+ cancer and medical terms, and the NCI Drug Dictionary, which has information on 1200+ agents used in the treatment of cancer.


June 1, 2010 - Posted by | Cancer, National Cancer Institute, Success, Yaacov Lawrence

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