YouTube as a source of information for obstructive sleep apnea

Sameer K. Singh*, Stanley Liu, Robson Capasso, Robert C. Kern, Christopher J. Gouveia

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Purpose: Assess the quality of information on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) presented on YouTube for patients. Materials and methods: “Obstructive sleep apnea” was entered into the YouTube search. Two independent reviewers categorized and analyzed videos utilizing a customized scoring-system along with search position, likes, and views. Results: Forty-eight videos were analyzed. Most were educational (52.1%). Educational and news videos had significantly higher scores, but had no significant differences in search position, likes/day, or views/day. Most videos mentioned positive airway pressure (65%), and nearly half (44%) mentioned mandibular devices in the management of OSA. Few videos discussed surgery (13%) or otolaryngology (15%). Conclusion: YouTube is a promising source of information for OSA patients. Educational and news videos are of highest quality. General quality measures like search position, views, and likes are not correlated with formally scored value. Sleep surgery and otolaryngologists are minimally mentioned, representing an opportunity for improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-382
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • Internet
  • OSA
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sleep surgery
  • YouTube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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