Social networks proliferate misinformation about urological health

NEW ORLEANS, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Patients are increasingly turning to social media to learn about urological health, but the quality of information is highly variable and misinformation is widespread. In fact, the most watched videos on testosterone therapy and urinary tract infections feature home remedies versus seeing a licensed health care provider.

Researchers will present these and other trends on similar social media trends at 117and Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA). Stacy LoebMD, Professor of Urology and Population Health at New York University (NYU) and the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will host a press session featuring the following four abstracts at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on May 13, 2022to 1 p.m. CT.

Zhenyue Huang, MD, from Stony Brook University Hospital, studied the prevalence of misleading YouTube videos about UTIs and the prevalence of home remedies versus videos featuring a urologist. “Urinary Tract Infection on Social Media: A Review of YouTube Content as a Source of Educational Information for Patients

Dr Huang and justin dubinMDfrom Northwestern Universityinvestigated the quality of testosterone therapy information on social media with their respective studies, “A Systematic Review of Testosterone Therapy YouTube Content: The Proliferation of Bro-Science” and “The wide reach of social media as a health resource for testosterone information

Black and Hispanic men remain underrepresented on YouTube and TikTok, and high-risk racial groups are not discussed in most videos despite the importance of screening criteria, according to a recent study Kara WattsMDfrom Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Accuracy and racial/ethnic representation of prostate cancer screening videos on YouTube and TikTok

“These summaries show that social networks such as YouTube, TikTok and Instagram are widely used as sources of information on urological health, including urinary tract infections, testosterone and prostate cancer screening,” said Dr Loeb. “However, the quality of information is highly variable and misinformation is widespread. It is important for the public to be aware that popular online publications may not be accurate and to ask their healthcare providers for sources of information. reliable information.”

About the American Urological Association: The 117and The annual meeting of the American Urological Association takes place May 13-16 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Founded in 1902 and based near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is one of the leading advocates for the specialty of urology with nearly 24,000 members worldwide. The AAU is a leading urological association, providing invaluable support to the urological community in pursuit of its mission to foster the highest standards of urological care through education, research and health policy formulation.

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