YouTube, videos
transforaminal lumbar epidural steroid injections
global quality index

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Atci, A. G., & Atci, I. B. (2019). Quality and reliability of information available on YouTube videos pertaining to transforaminal lumbar epidural steroid injections. Romanian Neurosurgery, 33(3), 299–304. https://doi.org/10.33962/roneuro-2019-050


Background. This study analyses the transforaminal lumbar steroid injection videos that have the highest views and likes on YouTube, and attempts to reveal the video qualities in order to contribute to the literature.

Methods. For review, “transforaminal lumbar steroid injection” was written to the standard YouTube search bar, and the videos with the highest views were ranked using advanced search preferences. The 50 most widely viewed videos were watched and scored by 2 physicians.

Results. The mean Modified DISCERN Score of the videos was 2,66+/-1,032 (the lowest: 1; the highest: 4) while the mean GQS score was 2,876+/-1,06 (the lowest: 1; the highest:4). In addition, the mean DISCERN score and the mean GQS value were 3,51 and 3,82, respectively, for the informational videos that were uploaded by health professionals but did not contain actual surgery.

Conclusion. We think that medical associations and state authorities in medicine should check the validity and accuracy of the information on the internet and should support the society in access to the most correct information.



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