Writing a Wikipedia Article on Cultural Competence in Health Care

Yingting Zhang, Yu Hung Lin

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This article describes how librarians created a Wikipedia article on cultural competence in health care to support the medical school’s curriculum. Wikipedia, often considered not as reliable as scholarly articles, continues to be popular. Rutgers librarians conducted a Wikipedia project to improve its content to benefit students. The importance of cultural competency in health care is widely recognized due to increasingly diverse patient populations. Medical schools integrate cultural competency in curricula to train students to be culturally competent. Therefore, this topic was chosen for the Wikipedia Project. It is hoped that health sciences librarians and educators will benefit from their experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-186
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Cultural competence
  • cultural competence in health care
  • cultural competency
  • information literacy
  • librarians
  • wikipedia
  • wikipedia collaborations


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