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Assessment of the Quality and Reliability of YouTube as an Information Source for Transforaminal Interbody Fusion – Lumbar Fusion

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This article discusses a study that assessed the quality and reliability of YouTube videos providing information on transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF) surgery. The study involved analyzing 100 videos selected based on popularity and certain criteria. The videos were evaluated using various scoring systems, and data on video length, view count, likes and dislikes, and more were collected. The overall findings showed that the quality of the videos could have been better, regardless of the source. Videos published by patients and commercials had lower scores compared to those by physicians and allied professionals. The study concludes that YouTube is currently not a suitable source of information on TLIF surgery for patients, as most videos lack information about post-operative conditions

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BACKGROUND: This study aims to assess the quality and reliability of the information for patients from YouTube videos on transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF).

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Cureus. 2023 Dec 9;15(12):e50210. doi: 10.7759/cureus.50210. eCollection 2023 Dec.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: This study aims to assess the quality and reliability of the information for patients from YouTube videos on transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF).MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred videos were listed by inputting “TLIF,” “TLIF surgery,” and “transforaminal interbody fusion” in the YouTube search engine. The top 50,

Cureus. 2023 Dec 9;15(12):e50210. doi: 10.7759/cureus.50210. eCollection 2023 Dec.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: This study aims to assess the quality and reliability of the information for patients from YouTube videos on transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF).

MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred videos were listed by inputting “TLIF,” “TLIF surgery,” and “transforaminal interbody fusion” in the YouTube search engine. The top 50 most popular videos based on video power index (VPI), view ratio, and exclusion criteria were selected for review. One orthopedic consultant surgeon and one neurosurgeon consultant analyzed the videos together. The modified DISCERN score, the Global Quality Score (GQS), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) score, and a novel interbody fusion score were used to evaluate videos. Data of video length, view count, number of likes and dislikes, like ratio (like x 100/(like+dislike)), video source, and comment rate were collected.

RESULTS: The quality of the videos could have been better according to all scoring systems, regardless of the video source. The scores of the videos published by patients and commercials were significantly lower than those of physicians and allied professionals (p <0.05). VPI and view ratios were similar in all sources. : The study demonstrates that YouTube videos providing information related to TLIF surgery are available and accessed by the public. The results of this study would suggest that YouTube is not currently an appropriate source of information on TLIF surgery for patients. Most of the YouTube videos about TLIF surgery contain information about the surgical technique and have limited information about the post-operative condition of the patients.

PMID:38192971 | PMC:PMC10772853 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.50210

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Cureus. 2023 Dec 9;15(12):e50210. doi: 10.7759/cureus.50210. eCollection 2023 Dec.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: This study aims to assess the quality and reliability of the information for patients from YouTube videos on transforaminal interbody fusion (TLIF).MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred videos were listed by inputting "TLIF," "TLIF surgery," and "transforaminal interbody fusion" in the YouTube search engine. The top 50
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