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Curéus. 2021 Jul 6; 13 (7): e16203. doi: 10.7759 / cureus.16203. eCollection 2021 Jul.
INTRODUCTION: Review YouTube videos in English that covered both COVID-19 and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
METHODS: The research was scheduled for October 1-5, 2020. Two cardiologists (CB and ES) conducted online searches in which the term COVID-19 / coronavirus was associated with common keywords on PAD, including “Peripheral arterial disease + COVID-19, ” leg pain + coronavirus’, ‘vascular disease of the leg + COVID-19’, ‘atherosclerosis + COVID-19’ and ‘limp + coronavirus’. For each video, a record was made of the number of days on YouTube, the duration, the number of views and comments, and the number of “likes” and “dislikes”. The videos have also been categorized based on their content as informative videos (with specific content on disease frequency, symptoms, transmission, prevention techniques, and proven treatment methods), videos about the disease. patient experience (with patient testimonials) or news update videos (i.e. those uploaded by professional news channels). In addition, DISCERN and the Medical Information and Content Index (MICI) were assessed.
RESULTS: A total of 91 YouTube videos met the study’s inclusion criteria. News update videos were the most viewed compared to informational and patient experience videos (63,910 views vs. 43,725 views vs. 19,778 views, p = 0.032). The DISCERN score was significantly higher in the informative group: 2.8 for informative videos, 1.7 for patient experience videos and 1.8 for news update videos (p = 0.001 ). The most common theme was clinical symptoms in the informational videos (82.4%). The mean IBD score was calculated at 3.7 ± 1.4 points for the informative videos.
CONCLUSION: YouTube videos on COVID-19 and PAD are widely viewed sources of information for patients. Our study found that YouTube videos on COVID-19 and PAD generally had poor quality content.