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Date Submitted: May 11, 2020
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Evaluating the quality of YouTube videos on fibromyalgia

  • Takumi Kawashita; 
  • Sara Shu; 
  • Teevit T Dunnsiri; 
  • Benjamin KP Woo; 



YouTube is a popular American video-sharing platform that has been accessible to the public since 2005. Previous studies have shown that YouTube is potentially beneficial to medical education, but the quality of videos still need to be determined.


The goal of this study is to understand the quality of the YouTube videos by evaluating the characteristics of physicians and the total number of views on videos regarding fibromyalgia.


The term “fibromyalgia” was searched on the YouTube search engine by relevance, the default setting. Information from the first 100 videos was analyzed. A search was performed on Scopus to determine the h-index and fibromyalgia-related publication for any physician who was featured in the videos.


Of the top 100 videos, there were 64 academic videos, 18 vlogs, 5 interview videos, and 13 miscellaneous videos. Out of the 64 academic videos, 30 physicians, 7 Doctors of Philosophy (Ph.D.), 5 physical therapists, and 5 chiropractors were identified. The majority of physicians have adequate academic affiliation such as h-index and academic publications.


Residents and medical students will encounter a large number of academic videos on fibromyalgia on YouTube. This study suggests that many videos were posted for academic purposes and that the quality of the videos can be ensured to some degree. However, developing a better systemic evaluation of the quality of YouTube content is still necessary.


Please cite as:

Kawashita T, Shu S, Dunnsiri TT, Woo BK

Evaluating the quality of YouTube videos on fibromyalgia

JMIR Preprints. 11/05/2020:20153

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.20153


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