Guide to Creating a Disease Page

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Charmaine Patel, M.D. [2]


The following is a guide to creating your chapters and microchapters. A chapter is a collections of smaller chapters called microchapters. For instance, the disease pericarditis is a chapter composed of multiple microchapters such as pericarditis overview, pericarditis pathophysiology, pericarditis treatment etc. Microchapters allow users to access the content they are looking for more efficiently, allows ease in navigating the website, and maintains completeness and consistency of Wikidoc pages. The templates listed below contain standardized language that will assist you in creating and editing your microchapters. Before getting started, it is important to get acclimated, and to learn some of the basics about formatting. Here is a checklist of things to do before creating your page:

  1. Make sure you have a login username and password. For help with logging in, click here.
  2. View and practice navigating some pages with microchapters. To see a list of our best pages, type into the search box "Category:Best pages". Click here to see the page on pericarditis. To view a more extensively microchaptered page, click here to see the page on chronic stable angina.
  3. View a short video about creating pages. Look at the Getting Started video by clicking here.
  4. Get acquainted with some basic formatting by clicking here.
  5. Keep a few tabs of Wikidoc open on your browser while working, so you can reference this page and the other help pages such as the Cheat Sheet on the Wikidoc homepage frequently.

How to Create a Microchaptered Page

What to Put at the Top of Every Page

Appropriate Sources for Creating Your Page

Copyleft sources are sources of information that can be freely copied and used. You cannot use copyrighted information in this way. The pages listed below represent commonly used copyleft sources.

Templates for Each Microchapter Page

  • Below are each of the important sections that you will need to make your microchaptered page.
  • Click on each heading / page name to go to the template page.
  • At the beginning of each page is an introduction to guide you before starting the page. This is not part of the template.
  • After that is the template for the page with the actual headings (and correct capitalizations) that you can use for your page. A brief description of what each section should entail is given under each heading.
    • The way these headings are written, especially capitalization, are not suggestions. They are the precise way each and every heading should be presented. Consistency is the key.
  • Insert the disease you are describing, wherever it says (disease name). If you are describing a condition or symptom, also insert it in place of where it says (disease name) and change the other headings accordingly.
  • You may not always need to use all the headings in the page to describe a given disease.

Patient information page template

Synonyms and keywords template

Overview template

Historical perspective template

Classification template

Pathophysiology template

Causes template

Differentiating (disease name) from other diseases page

Epidemiology and demographics template

Risk factor template

Screening template

Natural history, complications and prognosis template

History and symptoms template

Physical examination template

Laboratory findings template

Electrocardiogram template

Chest x ray template

CT template

Echocardiography or ultrasound template

Other imaging findings template

Medical therapy template

Surgery template

Prevention template

Cost Effectiveness of Therapy

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