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Research Letter
January 3, 2019

Quality and Reliability of YouTube Videos as a Source of Patient Information on Rhinoplasty

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Education North West, Ear, Nose and Throat Department, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, United Kingdom
  • 2Ear, Nose and Throat Department, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury, United Kingdom
  • 3Acute Medicine, Royal Bolton Hospital, Farnsworth, United Kingdom
  • 4Ear, Nose and Throat Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, United Kingdom
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(3):282-283. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.3723

Patients contemplating undergoing rhinoplasty may use the internet to search for information. YouTube (http://www.YouTube.com) is the most widely used video platform on the internet and is increasingly used to disseminate health information by educational institutions, for-profit companies, and others. Individual users posting videos of their experience of health conditions or surgical procedures on video blogs, or vlogs, have become a popular and influential presence on the website. This study aims to objectively assess the quality and reliability of information on YouTube pertaining to rhinoplasty.