Mehmet Fatih Yılmaz1, Sedat Kalkan2

1Clinic of Cardiology, Dr. Siyami Ersek Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Clinic of Cardiology, Kartal Koşuyolu High Specialization Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Blood pressure; hypertension; YouTube


Introduction: The aim of the study is to evaluate the quality and reliability of videos on manual blood pressure measurement on YouTube.

Patients and Methods: In January 2021, the first 100 videos found as a result of a search with the keywords ‘manual blood pressure measurement’ on YouTube were watched and evaluated. Based on the exclusion criteria, 75 videos were included in the study. Duplicate videos, irrelevant videos, and videos in languages other than English were excluded from the study. Each video was scored according to the questions prepared based on the guidelines. The GQS score and the ‘reliability’ score were used to assess the quality of the videos.

Results: According to the checklist prepared based on the hypertension consensus report, the mean score of the videos was 8.33 ± 2.1. When the videos were evaluated according to their sources, the average score of the videos of the health sites was 9 ± 2.5, the average score of the videos of the individual healthcare professionals was 8.66 ± 1.8, the average score of the videos of unidentified individuals was 7.54 ± 2.1.

Conclusion: Manual blood pressure measurement videos on YouTube have little educational value. Videos of health websites should be preferred for education.

Ethics Committee Approval

The approval for this study was obtained from Kartal Koşuyolu High Training and Research Hospital Clinical Research Ethics Committee (Decision no: 2022/7/585, Date: 05.04.2022).

Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept/Design - MFY; Analysis/Interpretation - MFY, SK; Data Collection - MFY, SK; Writing - MFY; Critical Revision - SK; Final Approval - MFY, SK; Statistical Analysis - SK; Overall Responsibility - MFY, SK.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared that there was no conflict of interest during the preparation and publication of this article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.