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Exploring the use of entertainment-education YouTube videos focused on infection prevention and control

      Highlights

      • YouTube is increasingly being used to disseminate messages about infection control.
      • Currently, we have no idea about whether the uploaded videos are educationally useful.
      • Miscommunication of the concept of My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene was observed.
      • Opportunities exist to strengthen the utilization of social media platforms.

      Background

      As a communications strategy, education entertainment has been used to inform, influence, and shift societal and individual behaviors. Recently, there has been an increasing number of entertainment-education YouTube videos focused on hand hygiene. However, there is currently no understanding about the quality of these videos; therefore, this study aimed to explore the social media content and user engagement with these videos.

      Methods

      The search terms “hand hygiene” and “hand hygiene education” were used to query YouTube. Video content had to be directed at a health care professional audience. Using author designed checklists, each video was systematically evaluated and grouped according to educational usefulness and was subsequently evaluated against the categories of attractiveness, comprehension, and persuasiveness.

      Results

      A total of 400 videos were screened, with 70 videos retained for analysis. Of these, 55.7% (n = 39) were categorized as educationally useful. Overall, educationally useful videos scored higher than noneducationally useful videos across the categories of attractiveness, comprehension, and persuasiveness. Miscommunication of the concept of My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene was observed in several of the YouTube videos.

      Conclusions

      The availability of educationally useful videos in relation to hand hygiene is evident; however, it is clear that there are opportunities for contributors using this medium to strengthen their alignment with social media best practice principles to maximize the effectiveness, reach, and sustainability of their content.

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