An analysis of YouTube videos as educational resources for dental practitioners to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Özden Yüce M. , Adalı E., Kanmaz B.

Irish Journal Of Medical Science, vol.1, pp.1, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11845-020-02312-5
  • Title of Journal : Irish Journal Of Medical Science
  • Page Numbers: pp.1


Background Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported on 31 December 2019 and has rapidly been spreading day by

day. Dental patients and professionals have a high risk of the coronavirus infection and also have a huge responsibility to prevent

its spread during emergency dental treatment over the period of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Aim Informing patients and dental practitioners about the novel coronavirus in an accurate and effective way is very important.

Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the quality of dentistry-related medical information about COVID-19 on YouTube as

educational resources for dental practitioners.

Methods YouTube was queried for the search phrases COVID-19 and dental practice, SARS-Cov-2 and dental practiceand

2019-COV-2 and dental practice. The first 100 videos for each term were viewed and analysed by 3 independent investigators.

The scope was limited to videos in English.

Results The search phrases yielded 1102 videos, among which 802 videos were excluded and 300 videos screened. Fifty-five

videos were included in the final analysis. Of the 55 videos, only 2 videos (3.6%) were found to be of good quality, while 24

videos (43.6%) were found to be of poor quality.

Conclusion YouTube is a popular video broadcast site and can provide both relevant educational information and the spreading

of misinformation. Health professionals should play a more active role with regard to educative information given on social

media, especially YouTube, during global disease outbreaks.