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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 505--509

Neurosurgery videos on online video sharing sites: The next best teacher?

Department of Neurosurgery, Government T D Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. P Krishna Kumar
Illikulam House, Pipeline Road, Thrikkakara, Cusat P. O. Ernakulam - 682 022, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.258028

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Background: E-learning platforms, especially the online neurosurgical video sharing sites, are playing a key role in the dissemination of knowledge related to the essential steps of operative neurosurgery. Aim: A national survey was undertaken to assess the utility of neurosurgical operative videos exhibited on the online video-sharing sites. Materials and Methods: Resident trainees in neurosurgery, as well as junior and senior consultant neurosurgeons practicing in India were provided, on the Google platform, a questionnaire consisting of nine multiple-choice questions and a space for remarks. 520 people were contacted using e mail and/or whattsapp modalities, out which 98 responses were considered valid. Results: Majority (n = 87, 88.8%) of the responders voted that internet videos have helped them in improving their surgical skills. There was no statistically significant difference between people working in rural and urban areas in this regard (P = 0.517). Both senior and junior neurosurgeons were utilizing these online videos for enhancing their surgical skills, and there was no statistically significant difference regarding the perception of the usefulness of these online video channels between the two groups (P = 0.660). However, the response rate to the questionnaires sent was only 18.84%. Conclusions: Online video-sharing platforms are useful, especially in a country like India with diverse neurosurgical infrastructure. The need for the development and maintenance of a dedicated, high-quality, structured video bank through collaboration and cooperation of high volume centers and institutes of repute in India is strongly advocated.


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