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Oremule B, Patel A, Orekoya O, Advani R, Bondin D. Quality and Reliability of YouTube Videos as a Source of Patient Information on Rhinoplasty. 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.
Ethical approval was not required for this study according to the UK National Health Service Health Research Authority decision tool.1 The authors performed a YouTube search in private browsing mode with all cookies deleted, using the search terms rhinoplasty and nose job, a common colloquial term for rhinoplasty. Search parameters were set to worldwide. Non–English-language videos were excluded.
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