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J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Jul-Aug;19(4):621-5. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000391. Epub 2011 Dec 2.

Adoption of a wiki within a large internal medicine residency program: a 3-year experience.

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Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA. bcrotty@bidmc.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the creation and evaluate the use of a wiki by medical residents, and to determine if a wiki would be a useful tool for improving the experience, efficiency, and education of housestaff.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

In 2008, a team of medical residents built a wiki containing institutional knowledge and reference information using Microsoft SharePoint. We tracked visit data for 3 years, and performed an audit of page views and updates in the second year. We evaluated the attitudes of medical residents toward the wiki using a survey.

RESULTS:

Users accessed the wiki 23,218, 35,094, and 40,545 times in each of three successive academic years from 2008 to 2011. In the year two audit, 85 users made a total of 1082 updates to 176 pages and of these, 91 were new page creations by 17 users. Forty-eight percent of residents edited a page. All housestaff felt the wiki improved their ability to complete tasks, and 90%, 89%, and 57% reported that the wiki improved their experience, efficiency, and education, respectively, when surveyed in academic year 2009-2010.

DISCUSSION:

A wiki is a useful and popular tool for organizing administrative and educational content for residents. Housestaff felt strongly that the wiki improved their workflow, but a smaller educational impact was observed. Nearly half of the housestaff edited the wiki, suggesting broad buy-in among the residents.

CONCLUSION:

A wiki is a feasible and useful tool for improving information retrieval for house officers.

PMID:
22140210
PMCID:
PMC3384103
DOI:
10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000391
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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