New study: 36% of YouTube videos contain misleading information about hay fever

Only 43% of allergic rhinitis videos contained useful information

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 10, 2022) – Want to build a spice rack for your kitchen? Pull up a YouTube video to see how it could be done. I am allergic rhinitis (hay fever) symptoms that do not go away? Don’t do a random search on YouTube because the information you find there is likely to be inaccurate. A new study in annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologythe scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), showed that misleading content generates more user interactions in terms of likes and comments than videos with useful content.

“According to research, 70% of patients with a chronic disease are influenced by the information they get from online sources, and a quarter of internet users have watched an online video about a health or medical issue,” says Celine Lund-Nielsen Remvig, BSc. , lead author of the study. “Our study found that YouTube viewers may be unable to distinguish scientifically based information from misinformation. In examining YouTube videos on the subject of allergic rhinitis, we found that less than half of the videos provided useful information . »

The study authors analyzed 86 YouTube videos: 33 for “allergic rhinitis”, 31 for “hay fever” and 22 for “allergy”. The content was classified as useful (conveying scientifically correct information), misleading (conveying at least one scientifically unproven detail), or neither useful nor misleading (not misleading, but does not provide useful information on epidemiology, symptoms or diagnosis). Only 17.5% of the videos were uploaded by a specialist, doctor or medical professional, while 39.5% were uploaded from a TV show or YouTube channel.

“If our patients go online to find information about their allergies, we want the information they find to be reliable,” says allergist David Stukus, MD, associate editor of Annals. Dr. Stukus was not involved in the research. “This study found that medical/health associations tend to be the most trusted source of information, while TV shows and YouTube channels are responsible for the most misleading videos. All videos uploaded by associations were rated as helpful, while only 32% of videos uploaded by TV shows/YouTube channels were rated as helpful.”

Allergists are specially trained to test, diagnose and treat allergies and asthma. To find an allergist near you who can help you create a personal plan to treat your nasal allergies and help you live your best life, use the ACAAI Allergist Locator. To find useful information on hay fever, visit the ACAAI website Youtube channel.

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Shirley K. Rosa