DON'T GO TO YOUTUBE AHEAD OF A MEDICAL PROCEDURE, VIDEOS UNRELIABLE: RESEARCHERS

Aug 17, 2018

By Jane Brown

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If you are having a medical procedure soon, doctors are cautioning against going on YouTube to find out what’s involved. They say medical videos are not reliable.

Researchers evaluated 250 YouTube videos that contained information on medical procedures.

They then used what’s called the DISCERN criterion for consumer health information to evaluate them.

A score of one on the DISCERN criterion indicates a low overall content quality, a five indicates a high-quality source of information for patients.

Most videos did not include a qualified medical professional to upgrade their accuracy.

The videos with the highest DISCERN scores and most patient utility are often from specialty-related, board-certified physicians.

You can read about this study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

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