Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 1097–1101 | Cite as

YOUTUBE videos on oral care of the organ or hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients

  • Pia López-JornetEmail author
  • Eduardo Pons-Fuster
  • Juan Antonio Ruiz-Roca
Original Article



Video-sharing websites can be a useful platform for disseminating information. The aim of this study was to evaluate information about the oral health care of the organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients available on YouTube™.


The transversal study evaluated the content of YouTube™ videos. The videos were located by entering key search terms in the YouTube™ search engine—oral care/dental management/organ transplant/hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. The videos were then classified as useful, misleading, or as personal experiences reported by patients. The following information was registered: the source of the video, content, interaction, and overall quality.


A total of 50 videos were reviewed; 16 (33.14%) were classed as useful, 22 (44%) were misleading, and 12 (24%) reported patients’ personal experiences. Significant differences were found in overall quality (p = 0.012). When interaction variables were analyzed statistically significant differences were found for the following: “I did not like this video” (p ≤ 0.05) and comments (p ≤ 0.05).


Several videos reviewed information on oral care of organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients but were sometimes difficult to interpret. Nevertheless, YouTube™ is a tool that can help supply information and promote oral health care education among of organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients.


Hematopoietic stem cell transplant Organ transplant Oral care Oral complaints Video YouTube™ 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pia López-Jornet
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eduardo Pons-Fuster
    • 1
  • Juan Antonio Ruiz-Roca
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and DenstistryUniversity of Murcia SpainMurciaSpain

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