YouTube videos are a poor source of health care asthma education and often feature alternative treatments, according to research presented at the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.
“Up to 65% of patients with asthma actually use the Internet as a source of information,” Alexei Gonzalez-Estrada, MD, an allergist/immunologist at Cleveland Clinic, reported. “YouTube is the third most used tool on the Web, with up to 2 million views per day.”
Gonzalez-Estrada and colleagues sought to determine the educational quality of asthma YouTube videos by searching for the keyword “asthma” on YouTube from June 4-8, 2014, and included the 200 most-viewed videos in the study. Video sources were categorized into five groups, and content also was categorized. Only videos in English that were shorter than 20 minutes and had good visual quality were included.