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Korean J Gastroenterol 2018; 72(6): 295-303  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2018.72.6.295
Medical Professionals’ Review of YouTube Videos Pertaining to Exercises for the Constipation Relief
Tae Hee Lee1, Seong-Eun Kim2 , Kyung Sik Park3, Jeong Eun Shin4, Seon-Young Park5, Han Seung Ryu6, Jung-Wook Kim7, Yoo Jin Lee3, Young Sin Cho8, Suyeon Park9 and Constipation Research Group of The Korean Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
Institute for Digestive Research, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital1, Department of Internal Medicine, Ewha Medical Research institute, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine2, Seoul; Department of Internal Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine3, Daegu; Department of Internal Medicine, Dankook University College of Medicine4, Cheonan; Department of Internal Medicine, Chonnam National University Hospital5, Gwangju; Department of Internal Medicine, Wonkwang University School of Medicine6, Iksan; Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine7, Seoul; Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Cheonan Hospital8, Cheonan; Department of Biostatistics, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital9, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Seong-Eun Kim, Department of Internal Medicine, Ewha Medical Research Institute, Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, 1071 Anyangcheon-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul 07985, Korea. Tel: +82-2-710-3084, Fax: +82-2-709-9696, E-mail: kimse@ewha.ac.kr, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6310-5366
Received: September 14, 2018; Revised: October 9, 2018; Accepted: October 10, 2018; Published online: December 25, 2018.
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Background/Aims: The primary aims of this study were to evaluate the content quality of YouTube videos on exercises to help relieve constipation and to assess whether the video source, exercise types, and popularity affected their quality.
Methods: Eight gastroenterologists independently evaluated the exercises presented in the constipation YouTube videos for seven items: image quality, usefulness in relieving constipation (quality 1), usefulness for general physical health (quality 2), difficulty in following, activity intensity, fun, and overall quality. Raters were asked open-ended questions to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the videos. Five-point ordinal scales were used to score each item aforementioned, with the exception of image quality and overall quality that used a six-point Likert scale.
Results: The 20 videos had a mean length of 268 seconds and a mean viewership of 32,694. The most common video source was commercial (n=10), and the most common type of physical activity was yoga (n=11). The median values of image quality, quality 1, quality 2, difficulty in following, activity intensity, fun, and overall quality were 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, and 2, respectively. Yoga videos had significantly higher median quality 1 values (3) compared with massage videos (2, adjusted p=0.006) and ‘others’ videos (2, adjusted p<0.001). A lack of medical evidence was the most common answer to open-ended questions about the weaknesses of each video.
Conclusions: Overall, YouTube exercise videos presented a low-quality content. This study highlights the need for evidence-based comprehensive educational videos addressing exercises for treating constipation.
Keywords: Constipation; Exercise; YouTube

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