Information on YouTube: Orthodontics and COVID-19

Keywords: COVID-19, discern, internet information, youtube dental


Aim: The aim of this study was to assess YouTube videos about COVID-19 in relation to orthodontics.

Methodology: A YouTube search using the keyword “coronavirus orthodontics” was conducted on January 11, 2021. The top 50 videos were evaluated. The exclusion criteria were as follows: videos in other languages, duplicates, irrelevant videos, and duration longer than 15 minutes. The remaining 22 videos were scored by one examiner. Each of these videos was classified into one of three categories: useful, misleading, or news update. The modified DISCERN reliability index, number of views, number of comments, duration (in minutes), number of likes and dislikes, interaction index, viewing rate, and source of each video were also recorded.

Results: Useful videos accounted for 77% of those examined, misleading videos accounted for 14%, and news updates accounted for 9%. Most of the videos were uploaded by orthodontists (95%) and most of these were classified as useful (81%). Useful videos had a significantly higher DISCERN score than misleading videos (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Most of the orthodontics-related YouTube videos about COVID-19 were useful, and the most popular video was uploaded by an orthodontist.


How to cite this article: Olkun HK. Information on YouTube: Orthodontics and COVID-19. Int Dent Res 2021;11(Suppl.1):245-9.


Linguistic Revision: The English in this manuscript has been checked by at least two professional editors, both native speakers of English.



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Olkun, H. K. (2021). Information on YouTube: Orthodontics and COVID-19. International Dental Research, 11(Suppl. 1), 245-249.