Patient information on breast reconstruction in the era of the world wide web. A snapshot analysis of information available on

Breast. 2014 Feb;23(1):33-7. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2013.10.003. Epub 2013 Nov 8.


Breast cancer patient's expectation and choice of reconstruction is increasing and patients often satisfy their information needs outside clinic time by searching the world wide web. The aim of our study was to analyse the quality of content and extent of information regarding breast reconstruction available on YouTube videos and whether this is an appropriate additional source of information for patients. A snapshot qualitative and quantitative analysis of the first 100 videos was performed after the term 'breast reconstruction' was input into the search window of the video sharing website on the 1st of September 2011. Qualitative categorical analysis included patient, oncological and reconstruction factors. It was concluded that although videos uploaded onto YouTube do not provide comprehensive information, it is a useful resource that can be utilised in patient education provided comprehensive and validated videos are made available.

Keywords: Breast reconstruction; Patient information; YouTube world-wide-web.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms*
  • Consumer Health Information*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Internet*
  • Mammaplasty*
  • Social Media