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Analyzing the quality and validity of Holep videos on social media
  • Emrullah Sogutdelen,
  • Senol Tonyali
Emrullah Sogutdelen
Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University Faculty of Medicine

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Senol Tonyali
Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine
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Purpose and Introduction: Social media users are gradually increasing and spending their time to gather much useful information for themselves. Here, we analyzed the quality of Holmium Laser Enucleation of Prostate (Holep) surgery videos on YouTube. Methods: The most viewed 98 videos were included in this study by the search for ‘Holep’ keyword on YouTube. The Journal of American Medical Association Benchmark Score (JAMAS) and Global Quality Score (GQS) were used to analyze the videos after performing validated Holep Scoring System Score (HSSS) by three surgeons to evaluate the technical quality of videos. Results: The videos included surgical technique (76.5%) and uploaded by urologists (63.3%) constituted the majority of videos. The median of JAMAS, GQS, and HSSS were 1 (0-3), 2 (0-4), and 1.5 (0-11), respectively. The mean GQS and JAMAS of videos uploaded by academic centers was higher than those uploaded by commercials and urologists (p=0,01; p=0.01, respectively). The mean HSSS was lower in the videos uploaded in the last five years while JAMAS was higher (p=0.03; 0.005, respectively). The mean GQS and HSSS of videos with higher likes were found statistically significantly higher (p=0.01; p=0.02, respectively). Conclusion: Holep videos on YouTube are not enough worth to get proper information about the surgery. Videos uploaded by academic centers and in recent years provide relatively more valid information for patients and urologists. To increase the worth of information, online materials need to be checked for patients to access accurate, reliable, and appropriate healthcare information.