YouTube videos ‘can provide aid in differentiating seizure types’

Posted Jul 29 2014 in Other treatments

A new UK study has demonstrated the potential that YouTube videos can sometimes offer in helping patients differentiate between varying types of seizure.

The research from the University of Oxford and John Radcliffe Hospital aimed to determine whether videos on YouTube accurately depict the type of seizures that a medical student may search for, particularly in terms of distinguishing between tonic-clonic seizures and nonepileptic attacks.

Two consultant epileptologists assessed the top YouTube videos for eight search terms relating to different categories of seizures, rating them in terms of technical quality, consistency with diagnoses from epileptologists and efficacy as a learning tool.

It was revealed that 63 per cent met the inclusion criteria for further analysis, with technical quality being generally good, though many of them did not accurately depict the form of seizure they claimed to, undermining their usefulness.

The study concluded: “A small group of videos provides excellent demonstrations of tonic-clonic and nonepileptic seizures, which could be used by an expert teacher to demonstrate the difference between epileptic and nonepileptic seizures.”

Tonic-clonic seizures are the most common form of seizure, with around 60 per cent of all seizures experienced by people with epilepsy falling into this category.

Posted by Steve Long

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