Acute ischemic stroke is a leading cause of mortality and long-term disability. Mechanical
thrombectomy can effectively treat large artery occlusions. This study aimed to evaluate
the quality, reliability, and usefulness of videos on mechanical thrombectomy on YT
using quantitative and qualitative analyses.
Materials and methods
Video searches were performed by entering the following keywords into the YT search
bar: “endovascular thrombectomy,” “endovascular treatment of acute stroke,” “mechanical
thrombectomy,” “stroke stent retriever,” and “stent retriever thrombectomy.” For each
search term, the top 35 videos were reviewed. The videos were analyzed by two independent
raters using the DISCERN and JAMA scoring systems. Qualitative and quantitative data
were recorded for each video.
A total of 150 videos were analyzed. The mean DISCERN score was 41.26, and the mean
JAMA score was 1.42. Of the videos, 5.3% were categorized as very poor, 33.3% as poor,
44% as fair, 12% as good, and 5.3% as excellent. The videos that included qualitative
features, such as clear information, symptomatology, diagnosis, treatment response,
prognosis, etiology, epidemiology, diagram, and radiological image, had significantly
higher DISCERN and JAMA scores than their counterparts.
A reliable and useful content is not available for individuals searching for information
on mechanical thrombectomy on YT. In this paper, we highlighted key points for content
creators to increase the quality and audience engagement statistics of their videos.
Information provided in YT videos should be verified using more reliable sources.