YouTube as an educational tool regarding male urethral catheterization

Scand J Urol. 2015 Apr;49(2):189-92. doi: 10.3109/21681805.2014.975837. Epub 2014 Nov 3.


Objective: Urethral catheterization (UC) is a common procedure carried out on a daily basis. The aims of this study were to assess the quality of YouTube as an educational tool regarding male UC and to assess the experience of newly qualified doctors regarding UC.

Materials and methods: YouTube was searched for videos containing relevant information about male UC. A checklist for evaluating content for male UC was devised. The top-ranked video was shown to interns and they were questioned regarding their experience of UC and the usefulness of the video.

Results: A total of 100 videos was screened and 49 unique videos were identified. The median length of video was 7 min 15 s (range 1 min 44 s to 26 min 44 s). Regarding the Safe Catheter Insertion Score, the mean score was 5.18 ± 1.64. 9 (18.4%) deemed useful, 24 (49%) somewhat useful and 16 (32.7%) not useful. There was no difference in the number of views (p = 0.487), duration of video (p = 0.364) or number of days online (p = 0.123) between those categorized as useful, somewhat useful and not useful. Twenty-six interns (89.7%) attended the UC teaching session. All reported the video to be a useful educational adjunct. Nine of the respondents (42.9%) had independently inserted a urinary catheter before the educational session.

Conclusions: The quality of videos on YouTube regarding male UC is widely variable. Preselected videos are deemed useful by junior doctors regarding male UC and can be used as an educational adjunct before performing hands-on tasks.

Keywords: Catheterization; YouTube; educational tool; male; urethral.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease / prevention & control
  • Internet*
  • Internship and Residency
  • Male
  • Medical Staff / education*
  • Urethra / injuries
  • Urinary Catheterization / methods*
  • Videotape Recording