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YouTube™ as a source of information on food poisoning.
BMC Public Health. 2019 Jul 16; 19(1):952.BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

YouTube™ (http://www.youtube.com), as a very popular video site around the world, is increasingly being used for health information. The objectives of this review were to assess the overall usefulness of information on food poisoning presented on YouTube™ for patients.

METHODS

The YouTube™ website was systematically searched using the key words "food poisoning", "foodborne diseases" and "foodborne illness". One hundred and sixty videos meet the inclusion criteria. Two independent reviewers scored the videos utilizing a customized usefulness scoring scheme separately and assessed the video duration, views, days since upload, likes, and dislikes. The videos were categorized as education, entertainment, News & Politics and People & Blogs. A usefulness score was devised to assess video quality and to categorize the videos into "slightly useful", "useful", and "very useful".

RESULTS

Most videos were educational 66 (41.3%). Educational videos had significantly higher scores, but had no significant differences in likes, views or views/day. Over half of the videos (97/160) were categorized as "useful". The mean posted days (885.2 ± 756.1 vs 1338.0 ± 887.0, P = 0.043) and the mean duration of video (12.8 ± 13.9 vs 3.5 ± 3.4, P < 0.001) were both significantly different in the very useful group compared with the slightly useful group. There was no correlation between usefulness and the number of likes, the number of dislikes, the number of views, or views/day.

CONCLUSION

YouTube™ is a promising source of information regarding food poisoning. Educational videos are of highest usefulness. Considering that there is a lot of low-credibility information, consumers need to be guided to reliable videos in the field of healthcare information.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jilin University, 1163 Xinmin Avenue, Changchun, 130021, People's Republic of China.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jilin University, 1163 Xinmin Avenue, Changchun, 130021, People's Republic of China.Changchun International Travel Healthcare, Changchun, 130061, People's Republic of China.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Jilin University, 1163 Xinmin Avenue, Changchun, 130021, People's Republic of China. li_bo@jlu.edu.cn.Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Jilin University, 1163 Xinmin Avenue, Changchun, 130021, People's Republic of China. cuiweiwei@jlu.edu.cn.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31311523

Citation

Li, Meng, et al. "YouTube™ as a Source of Information On Food Poisoning." BMC Public Health, vol. 19, no. 1, 2019, p. 952.
Li M, Yan S, Yang D, et al. YouTube™ as a source of information on food poisoning. BMC Public Health. 2019;19(1):952.
Li, M., Yan, S., Yang, D., Li, B., & Cui, W. (2019). YouTube™ as a source of information on food poisoning. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 952. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7297-9
Li M, et al. YouTube™ as a Source of Information On Food Poisoning. BMC Public Health. 2019 Jul 16;19(1):952. PubMed PMID: 31311523.
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TY - JOUR T1 - YouTube™ as a source of information on food poisoning. AU - Li,Meng, AU - Yan,Shoumeng, AU - Yang,Di, AU - Li,Bo, AU - Cui,Weiwei, Y1 - 2019/07/16/ PY - 2018/11/08/received PY - 2019/07/10/accepted PY - 2019/7/18/entrez PY - 2019/7/18/pubmed PY - 2019/10/12/medline KW - Epidemiology KW - Food poisoning KW - Foodborne diseases KW - Foodborne illness SP - 952 EP - 952 JF - BMC public health JO - BMC Public Health VL - 19 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: YouTube™ (http://www.youtube.com), as a very popular video site around the world, is increasingly being used for health information. The objectives of this review were to assess the overall usefulness of information on food poisoning presented on YouTube™ for patients. METHODS: The YouTube™ website was systematically searched using the key words "food poisoning", "foodborne diseases" and "foodborne illness". One hundred and sixty videos meet the inclusion criteria. Two independent reviewers scored the videos utilizing a customized usefulness scoring scheme separately and assessed the video duration, views, days since upload, likes, and dislikes. The videos were categorized as education, entertainment, News & Politics and People & Blogs. A usefulness score was devised to assess video quality and to categorize the videos into "slightly useful", "useful", and "very useful". RESULTS: Most videos were educational 66 (41.3%). Educational videos had significantly higher scores, but had no significant differences in likes, views or views/day. Over half of the videos (97/160) were categorized as "useful". The mean posted days (885.2 ± 756.1 vs 1338.0 ± 887.0, P = 0.043) and the mean duration of video (12.8 ± 13.9 vs 3.5 ± 3.4, P < 0.001) were both significantly different in the very useful group compared with the slightly useful group. There was no correlation between usefulness and the number of likes, the number of dislikes, the number of views, or views/day. CONCLUSION: YouTube™ is a promising source of information regarding food poisoning. Educational videos are of highest usefulness. Considering that there is a lot of low-credibility information, consumers need to be guided to reliable videos in the field of healthcare information. SN - 1471-2458 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31311523/YouTube™_as_a_source_of_information_on_food_poisoning_ L2 - https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-7297-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -