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Watch One, Do One? A Systematic Review and Educational Analysis of YouTube Microsurgery Videos, and a Proposal for a Quality Assurance Checklist

Lookup NU author(s): Mani Ragbir


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© 2022 Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. All rights reserved.Background Educational resources on the internet are extensively used to obtain medical information. YouTube is the most accessed video platform containing information to enhance the learning experience of medical professionals. This study systematically analyzed the educational value of microsurgery-related videos on this platform. Methods A systematic review was conducted on YouTube from April 18 to May 18, 2020, using the following terms: microsurgery, microsurgical, microsurgical anastomosis, free flap, and free tissue transfer. The search was limited to the first 100 videos, and two independent reviewers screened for eligible entries and analyzed their educational value using validated scales, including a modified version of the DISCERN score (M-DISCERN), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMAS) benchmark criteria, and the Global Quality Score (GQS). Evaluation of video popularity was also assessed with the video power index (VPI). Results Of 356 retrieved videos, 75 (21%) were considered eligible. The educational quality of videos was highly variable, and the mean global scores for the M-DISCERN, JAMAS, and GQS for our sample were consistent with medium to low quality. Conclusions A limited number of videos on YouTube for microsurgical education have high-educational quality. The majority scored low on the utilized criteria. Peer-reviewed resources seem to be a more reliable resource. Although the potential of YouTube should not be disregarded, videos should be carefully appraised before being used as an educational resource.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Fernandez-Diaz OF, Navia A, Berner JE, Ahmad F, Guerra C, Ragbir M

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Plastic Surgery

Year: 2022

Volume: 49

Issue: 5

Pages: 668-675

Online publication date: 23/09/2022

Acceptance date: 17/02/2022

ISSN (print): 2234-6163

ISSN (electronic): 2234-6171

Publisher: Georg Thieme Verlag


DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1756349