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Publication Type : Journal Article
Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences
Publisher : Support Care Cancer
Source : Support Care Cancer, Volume 25, Issue 12, p.3769-3773 (2017)
Keywords : Consumer health information, Cross-Sectional Studies, Humans, Internet, Radiosurgery, Video recording
Campus : Kochi
School : School of Medicine
Department : Medical Oncology, Radiotherapy
Year : 2017
Abstract : PURPOSE: /bThe purpose of this study is to assess the quality of videos available in YouTube on CyberKnife./ppbMETHODS: /bThe term CyberKnife was input into the search window of www.youtube.com on a specific date and the first 50 videos were assessed for technical and content issues. The data was tabulated and analysed./ppbRESULTS: /bThe search yielded 32,300 videos in 0.33 s. Among the first 50 analysed, most were professional videos, mostly on CyberKnife in general and for brain tumours. Most of the videos did not mention anything about patient selection or lesion size. The other technical details were covered by most although they seemed muffled by the animations. Many patient videos were recordings of one entire treatment, thus giving future patients an insight on what to expect. Almost half the videos projected glorified views about the treatment technique./ppbCONCLUSIONS: /bThe company videos were reasonably accurate and well presented as were many institutional videos, although there was a tendency to gloss over a few points. The glorification of the treatment technique was a disturbing finding. The profound trust of the patients on the health care system is humbling.
Cite this Research Publication : D. Menon, Chelakkot, P. G., Sunil, D., and Lakshmaiah, A., “A cross sectional review of patient information available in the World Wide Web on CyberKnife: fallacies and pitfalls.”, Support Care Cancer, vol. 25, no. 12, pp. 3769-3773, 2017.