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March 26, 2008

Medical Information on YouTube

JAMA. 2008;299(12):1424-1426. doi:10.1001/jama.299.12.1424-b

To the Editor: In their Research Letter study, Dr Keelan and colleagues1 evaluated YouTube as a source of information on immunization. Previous reports have indicated an increasing use and inconsistency in the quality of online sources of information about vaccination.24 However, we are concerned that the application of a formal appraisal to a freeware Web site that is unregulated, uncensored, and designed more for entertainment than the dissemination of evidence-based medical advice may lend false gravitas to an unstructured, unvalidated online rating system as well as medical credence to a conduit of popular culture.

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