Most diabetic foot care YouTube videos ‘are not adequate’

medwireNews: YouTube diabetic foot exam videos are popular but of poor quality, UK researchers report.

“There is a need for the general public for comprehensive, high-quality diabetic foot examination videos based on scientific sources,” they state.

Abdullah Almaqhawi (Leicester General Hospital, UK) and study co-authors reviewed the top 100 videos on YouTube by the search term “diabetic foot exam”, which averaged over 100,000 views each.

Researchers assessed the educational quality of diabetic foot examination-specific videos using the Diabetes UK 15-point annual foot check (DUK-C) scoring checklist tool, and found an average score of 5.07 out of 15 possible; no videos scored 14 or 15.

They also rated the reliability of the video, based on the JAMA criteria (authorship, attribution, timeliness and disclosure) and general teaching quality, using the Global Quality Score (GQS). The average scores for these were only 1.15 out of a possible 4.00 and 2.32 out of a possible 5.00.

Doctors were the most common source of video uploads, at 28%, and their videos had an average DUK-C score of 5.67, which was only slightly above the overall average. It was the same for JAMA score and GQS, at 1.30 and 2.56, respectively.

“It has been suggested that videos created by physicians are more reliable and of higher quality than videos created by non-physicians, although this does not appear to be the case in this case,” Almaqhawi and colleagues write in diabetes medicine.

Instead, top scores came from videos with multiple download sources (6% of all videos), averaging 8.14, 2.00, and 3.14 for DUK-C, JAMAand GQS, respectively.

The findings “imply that publicly available foot care review videos are not an adequate tool for patient education at present,” the team concludes.

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Diabetes Med 2022; doi:10.1111/dme.14936

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