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Abstract

Purposes: This pilot study (1) assessed physical therapist students’ attitudes toward using YouTube to share health-related videos on the Internet, and (2) determined whether a cohort of physical therapist students would use YouTube, or similar technologies, to share educational information with other health care providers and health care consumers once they enter practice. Methods: A cohort of 28-second-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students completed a project to produce and share educational videos on YouTube. Students, working in small groups, selected a clinical skill introduced and practiced during the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy course as the focus of their videos. A survey completed at the conclusion of the project collected data about students’ attitudes and experiences regarding the use of YouTube. Results: Tabulation of students’ responses revealed that 85% of the students enjoyed making videos and 96% of the students felt that physical therapists should share physical therapy-related information with the largest possible audience. Nineteen percent of the students reported that they are likely to share additional videos online. Conclusion:YouTube and other online video sites allow physical therapists to reach a large audience of people interested in the services and education they provide. However, some students may be reluctant to take advantage of this relatively new technology. Future research may focus on the relationship between the obligation students feel to produce educational videos and their reported reluctance to produce educational videos once they enter clinical practice.

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