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Research Letter
Jan/Feb 2019

Assessment of YouTube as an Informative Resource on Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical students at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
  • 2Undergraduate student at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
  • 3Department of Otolaryngology–Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019;21(1):75-76. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2018.0822

YouTube is a major modality for patient education. During the last decade, videos documenting facial plastic surgery procedures, patient experiences, and medical commentary have garnered hundreds of millions of views. The growing prevalence of YouTube as a primary source of medical information has prompted investigators to evaluate video quality and creator qualification.1,2 To date, the quality of facial plastic surgery content on YouTube has not been evaluated.

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