This study aimed to objectively assess YouTube videos’ quality, reliability, and information delivery capability regarding novel spinal muscular atrophy treatments. Using the keywords “nusinersen”, “spinraza”, “ridisplam”, “evrysdi”, “onasemnogene abeparvovec”, and “zolgensma”, we were able to retrieve and screen 360 videos before settling on a final sample of 99 on 25 September 2022. Then, two independent raters used the mDISCERN and GQS instruments to evaluate the videos’ reliability and quality and the Information Delivery Capability (IDC) score to assess the videos’ accuracy and patient-friendliness. The quality, reliability, and information delivery capability of the videos about the new treatment for SMA were quite heterogeneous, with an average mDISCERN, GQS, and IDC score of 3.172 ± 0.899, 2.980 ± 1.025, and 4.141 ± 1.747, respectively. In-depth analysis showed that healthcare expert videos that explained contents while showing infographic supplements had good quality, reliability, and information delivery capability. As YouTube is already a dominant media platform, the public may obtain new information about novel therapeutics for SMA through YouTube. It is necessary to consider how SMA patients and caregivers can choose trusted sources with reliable information on YouTube, and our results can provide clues. Additionally, experts should strive to provide more accurate, reliable, and patient-oriented videos.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Leadership and Management
- Health Policy
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management