Qualitative assessment of YouTube videos as a source of patient information for cochlear implant surgery.

Thomas, C, Westwood, J and Butt, G F (2021) Qualitative assessment of YouTube videos as a source of patient information for cochlear implant surgery. The Journal of laryngology and otology, 135 (8). pp. 671-674. ISSN 1748-5460. This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

YouTube is increasingly used as a source of healthcare information. This study evaluated the quality of videos on YouTube about cochlear implants.

METHODS

YouTube was searched using the phrase 'cochlear implant'. The first 60 results were screened by two independent reviewers. A modified Discern tool was used to evaluate the quality of each video.

RESULTS

Forty-seven videos were analysed. The mean overall Discern score was 2.0 out of 5.0. Videos scored higher for describing positive elements such as the benefits of a cochlear implant (mean score of 3.4) and scored lower for negative elements such as the risks of cochlear implant surgery (mean score of 1.3).

CONCLUSION

The quality of information regarding cochlear implant surgery on YouTube is highly variable. These results demonstrated a bias towards the positive attributes of cochlear implants, with little mention of the risks or uncertainty involved. Although videos may be useful as supplementary information, critical elements required to make an informed decision are lacking. This is of particular importance when patients are considering surgery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all UHB staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their UHB Athens login IDs
Subjects: WU Dentistry. Oral surgery
WV Otorhinolaryngology. ENT medicine
WW Eyes. Ophthalmology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > ENT
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 10:15
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 10:15
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/4560

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