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Assessment of reliability and quality of YouTube videos as an information
source in Retinopathy of Prematurity treatment

Original Article

Assessment of reliability and quality of YouTube videos as an information source in Retinopathy of Prematurity treatment

Receiving Date: 19 August 2022

Accept Date: 23 November 2022

Available Online: 27 November 2022

doi: 10.5455/medscience.2022.08.195
Med-Science. 2022;11(4):1613-8

Conflict of interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest in the study.

Financial Disclosure
The authors declare that they have received no financial support for the study.

Ethical approval
Ethical approval was not required as the current study was conducted as an observational research.

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Uzun A. Sahin AK.  Assessment of reliability and quality of YouTube videos as an information source in Retinopathy of Prematurity treatment. Med Science. 2022;11(4):1613-8

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Corresponding Author: Aslihan Uzun, Ordu University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Ordu, Türkiye
E-mail: draslihanuzun@gmail.com

Readability levels of patient information texts regarding cataract surgery on websites

Original Article

Readability levels of patient information texts regarding cataract surgery on websites

Asena Keles Sahin, Enes Uyar

Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate the contents and readability levels of the texts on cataract surgery on Turkish websites. A total of 300 websites were searched by the Google (www.google.com.tr) search engine using the keywords ‘cataract surgery’, ‘phaco’ and ‘phacoemulsification’. Readability values of the informative texts on the websites were analysed were calculated using the Atesman and Bezirci-Yılmaz formulas. Sites prepared by private hospitals or medical centres constituted group 1, individual sites of ophthalmologists constituted group 2, and sites providing general health information that did not belong to group 1 or group 2 constituted group 3. In total, health information presented in 85 websites was analysed. According to Atesman and Bezirci-Yılmaz, the mean readability values were 49.6 ± 7.5 and 12.9 ± 2.8, respectively. There was no statistically significant inter-group difference in terms of the average number of sentences, of words, of words with four or more syllables and of syllables (p = 0.579, p = 0.434, p = 0.236 and p = 0.336, respectively). The readability values of groups 1 and 3 were significantly different according to the Atesman and Bezirci-Yılmaz formulas (p = 0.025 and p = 0.023, respectively). In terms of content, groups 1 and 2 had relatively more comprehensive information. The readability level of information texts related to cataract surgery on Turkish websites is above the academic level recommended according to the education level of Turkey. In order to help patients make medical decisions using these websites, it is imperative to revise the contents of health information related to cataract according to the literacy level of Turkish people.

Key words: Cataract, phacoemulsification, internet, readability

Med-Science. 2021; 10(4): 1238-42