YouTube and pediatric surgery. What is the danger for parents?

Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Apr;25(2):203-5. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1368799. Epub 2014 Mar 28.


Internet became one of the most important sources of public health informations especially for relatives and/or caregivers of sick children. Use of YouTube as a source of information in pediatric surgery has not been evaluated. In this study, we want to evaluate the use of YouTube as a source of information about one of the most frequent surgical urgency in pediatric patients, the acute appendicitis, to evaluate the risks for patients and parents.

MeSH terms

  • Appendicitis / surgery*
  • Child
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • Internet / standards
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Parents / education*
  • Video Recording