Radiotherapy or Surgery? Comparative, Qualitative Assessment of Online Patient Education Materials on Prostate Cancer.

Vu, Erwin; Pratsinis, Manolis; Plasswilm, Ludwig; Schmid, Hans-Peter; Panje, Cédric; Betschart, Patrick (2021). Radiotherapy or Surgery? Comparative, Qualitative Assessment of Online Patient Education Materials on Prostate Cancer. Current oncology, 28(5), pp. 3420-3429. MDPI 10.3390/curroncol28050296

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As multiple different treatment options are available for prostate cancer (PCa) and YouTube is commonly used as a source for medical information, we performed a systematic and comparative assessment of available videos guiding patients on their choice for the optimal treatment. An independent search for surgical therapy or radiotherapy of PCa on YouTube was performed and the 40 most viewed videos of both groups were analyzed. The validated DISCERN questionnaire and PEMAT were utilized to evaluate their quality and misinformation. The median overall quality of the videos was found to be low for surgery videos, while radiotherapy videos results reached a moderate quality. The median PEMAT understandability score was 60% (range 0-100%) for radiotherapy and 75% (range 40-100) for surgery videos. The radiotherapy videos contained less misinformation and were judged to be of higher quality. Summarized, the majority of the provided videos offer insufficient quality of content and are potentially subject to commercial bias without reports on possible conflict of interest. Thus, most of available videos on YouTube informing PCa patients about possible treatment methods are not suited for a balanced patient education or as a basis for the patient's decision.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Radiation Oncology

UniBE Contributor:

Plasswilm, Ludwig and Panje, Cédric

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1718-7729

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatrice Scheidegger

Date Deposited:

09 Nov 2021 09:22

Last Modified:

09 Nov 2021 09:31

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/curroncol28050296

PubMed ID:

34590594

Uncontrolled Keywords:

YouTube online education patient information prostate cancer radiotherapy surgery

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/160331

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/160331

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