Author(s): Gupta HV, Lee RW, Raina SK, Behrle BL, Hinduja A,
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Abstract INTRODUCTION: YouTube is an important resource for patients. No study has evaluated the information on peripheral neuropathy disseminated by YouTube videos. In this study, our aim was to perform a systematic review of information on YouTube regarding peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: The Web site (www.youtube.com) was searched between September 19 and 21, 2014, for the terms "neuropathy," "peripheral neuropathy," "diabetic neuropathy," "neuropathy causes," and "neuropathy treatment." RESULTS: Two hundred videos met the inclusion criteria. Healthcare professionals accounted for almost half of the treatment videos (41 of 92; 44.6\%), and most came from chiropractors (18 of 41; 43.9\%). Alternative medicine was cited most frequently among the treatment discussions (54 of 145, 37.2\%), followed by devices (38 of 145, 26.2\%), and pharmacological treatments (23 of 145, 15.9\%). CONCLUSIONS: Approximately half of the treatment options discussed in the videos were not evidence-based. Caution should be exercised when YouTube videos are used as a patient resource. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
This article was published in Muscle Nerve
and referenced in International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology