YouTube as a source of information on chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thales Brandi Ramos, Luciana Castilho Bokehi, Raphael Castilho Bokehi, Taynah da Silava Pinheiro, Erika Barreto de Oliveira, Renan da SilvaGianoti Torres, Jose Raphael Bokehi, Sabrina Calil-Elias, Selma Rodrigues de Castilho
2020 JCOM: Journal of Science Communication  
This research aimed to analyze the quality of the information conveyed through YouTube videos in Portuguese on the use of two medicines suggested for the treatment of COVID-19: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The 'Brief DISCERN' questionnaire was applied to assess the quality of the video content as well as baseline characteristics, such as length, views, likes and dislikes, in a total of 90 videos with almost 4,5 million views. Traditional media accounted for 58,89% of videos. Misleading
more » ... ideos. Misleading information was present in most of the videos (63,5%). Despite the ease of access, the videos showed problems in the quality of information.
doi:10.22323/2.19070206 fatcat:t2ydjxo7nvh5zid6vrsmwd7vji