A Medical Mismatch: Urological Health Info and Social Media

Kurtis Bright
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Kurtis Bright

Kurtis is a graduate of CU - Boulder who writes about health, fitness, music, theater, and travel while living by the sea in Chile.

Social media is a ready source for all kinds of information, from recipes and car-care tips to cat videos and medical advice. Here's the thing: The medical info isn't always, shall we say, accurate. Take urological tips.

Three studies presented at the American Urological Association's 2022 Annual Meeting in May documented the information about urological health on social media. They found the quality of the info to be lacking in most cases. Sometimes misinformed. Sometimes misleading.

We talked to the authors of those studies to find out more. Our four-part series will include stories that focus on a study on women's urinary tract infection misinformation in YouTube videos and one that takes an in-depth look at a study about men's urological health videos. We'll also get into the challenges healthcare professionals face in combating misinformation purveyors on their own turf, and some ways they're trying to make inroads against the mountains of misinformation on social media.

Urological Misinformation on Social Media Is Worse Than You Think
Be careful: Influencers across platforms are spreading bad medical advice to millions of people.
Beware Urological Misinformation Aimed at Women on Social Media
YouTube videos help spread dubious—potentially dangerous—advice about urinary tract infections.
Beware Urological Misinformation Aimed at Men on Social Media
Low-quality medical advice on TikTok and other platforms has spawned a new term: bro-science.
Social Media and Urological Misinformation: What's to Be Done?
Here's how urology specialists are fighting low-quality medical advice on various platforms.