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Analyzing the educational quality of YouTube videos on paravertebral block techniques

Muhammed Halit Satıcı, Mahmut Sami Tutar

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Aim: People can learn new skills, explore content related to their interests, and get to know different cultures through YouTube videos. It is important to be conscious when using platforms such as YouTube and to take care to obtain information from verified and reliable sources. Students especially watch medical videos on YouTube, which can improve their medical knowledge. Our aim in this study is to evaluate the educational content and quality of paravertebral block videos on YouTube.

Materials and Method: Videos were recorded by typing the term 'paravertebral block ultrasound' into the YouTube search engine. In filtering, sorting was done according to the number of views. 100 videos on the first 5 pages were watched and evaluated. To evaluate the videos on YouTube, we used two different surveys, evaluating the educational content of the videos (Survey 1) and evaluating the quality of the videos (Survey 2).

Results: Our study revealed that only a third of paravertebral block education videos met relevant criteria, with just (33) 18.2% demonstrating both good educational quality and preparation. There was a positive correlation between the video educational quality score and all parameters, with significant differences found for “video duration” and “video preparation quality score” (r=0.506, p=0.003, and r=0.84, p<0.001, respectively). Similarly, the video preparation quality score showed a positive correlation with all parameters, with significant differences found for “number of video likes” and “video duration” (r=0.373, p=0.033, and r=0.413, p=0.017, respectively).

Conclusions: Paravertebral block videos on YouTube are inadequate in terms of educational and preparation quality. According to our analysis, we do not recommend using YouTube videos for educational purposes.


analgesia; paravertebral blocks; regional anesthesia; YouTube videos


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