AI and Large language models (6) ChatGPT: Is it a reliable and useful source for common rheumatic diseases? (2)

2 June, 2023

We're a long way away from Dr ChatGPT, I think (or Dr Bing, or Dr Bard). As the paper in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases states, "it may give false and misleading answers". It may also invent references, plagiarize and has been known to selectively pick research that supports its thesis, while ignoring contrary evidence.

Just like a human, you might say! But humans can be restrained by censure, shame, embarassment and ostracism if they do any of those things, Chatbots are shameless and have no legal persona. You can't throw them out of the club, fine or arrest them. It's the users - the authors - who have to beware. Caveat chatbot!


HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Health, University of Winchester, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme, which supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. He is the elected Vice President (and President-in-Waiting) of the World Association of Medical Editors. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. He served on WHO's Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. He also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. Chris has been a director of the UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). chris AT His publications are at and and his blogs are and