Quality analysis of YouTube videos on mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke



      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.

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