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YouTube as a source of information and education on ultrasound- guided dry needling

Med Ultrason. 2023 Dec 27;25(4):398-402. doi: 10.11152/mu-4206.


AIM: This study aims to evaluate the educational quality of videos related to ultrasound guided dry needling (USDN). Material and method: This study was designed as a cross-sectional study. A video-based search was performed on the YouTube online video sharing platform ( using the English keywords “ultrasound guided dry needling” on May 10, 2023. The first 60 videos were analysed.

RESULT: The first 60 videos were analyzed, and 32 videos that met the inclusion criteria were included in the study. The content of the videos mostly consisted of technical knowledge regarding Ultrasound Guided Dry Needling (USGDN) (56.3%) and information (43.84%). The total mean DISCERN score was 26.9 ± 12.0 (range 17 to 54). The total mean JAMA Score was 2.4 ± 0.7 (range 2 to 4). There was no significant differences between the groups, according to the DISCERN, and JAMAs scores (all p>0.05). The video with the highest DISCERN score belongedto The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) channel.

CONCLUSION: There is a significant amount of content available on YouTube regarding USDN; however, unfortunately, most of the existing content is of low quality and carries the risk of misinformation. Healthcare professionals should be aware of the importance of health-related information on YouTubeand strive to provide high-quality, accurate, and up-to-date content.

PMID:38150681 | DOI:10.11152/mu-4206


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