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Neurology podcast utilization during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Siegler, James E; Boreskie, Patrick E; Strowd, Roy; Rook, Robert; Goss, Adeline; Al-Mufti, Fawaz; Rossow, Bonnie; Miller, Alexandra; Chamberlain, Amanda; London, Zachary; Hurley, Jennifer; Geocadin, Romergryko; Richie, Megan; Isaacson, Richard; Rybinnik, Igor; Chan, Teresa M.
  • Siegler JE; Cooper Neurological Institute, Cooper University Hospital, 3 Cooper Plaza Suite 320, Camden, NJ, 08103, USA. siegler-james@cooperhealth.edu.
  • Boreskie PE; Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. siegler-james@cooperhealth.edu.
  • Strowd R; Department of Emergency Medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • Rook R; Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC, 27157, USA.
  • Goss A; American Academy of Neurology, Minneapolis, MN, 55415, USA.
  • Al-Mufti F; Department of Neurology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 94143, USA.
  • Rossow B; Westchester Medical Center at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, 10595, USA.
  • Miller A; Neurocritical Care Society, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Chamberlain A; Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY, 10065, USA.
  • London Z; American Academy of Neurology, Minneapolis, MN, 55415, USA.
  • Hurley J; Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA.
  • Geocadin R; American Neurological Association, Mount Laurel, NJ, USA.
  • Richie M; Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, MD, 21287, USA.
  • Isaacson R; Department of Neurology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 94143, USA.
  • Rybinnik I; Department of Neurology, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, 10021, USA.
  • Chan TM; Department of Neurology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901, USA.
Neurol Sci ; 42(11): 4437-4445, 2021 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1353704
ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

As medical education shifted to a virtual environment during the early coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we evaluated how neurology podcasting may have been utilized during this period, and which features of podcasts have been more highly sought by a medical audience.

METHODS:

We conducted a retrospective analysis of neurology-themed blogs and/or podcasts between April 2019 and May 2020. Programs were eligible if they reported mean monthly downloads > 2000, were affiliated with an academic society, or offered continuing medical education credit. Thirty-day download counts were compared between study months, with adjustment for multiple testing. Exploratory analyses were performed to determine which podcast features were associated with higher downloads.

RESULTS:

Of the 12 neurology podcasts surveyed, 8 completed the survey and 5 met inclusion criteria. The median monthly download count was 2865 (IQR 869-7497), with significant variability between programs (p < 0.001). While there was a 358% increase in downloads during April 2020 when compared to the previous month, this was not significant (median 8124 [IQR 2913-14,177] vs. 2268 [IQR 540-6116], padj = 0.80). The non-significant increase in overall downloads during April 2020 corresponded to an increase in unique episodes during that month (r = 0.48, p = 0.003). There was no difference in 30-day downloads among episodes including COVID-19 content versus not (median 1979 [IQR 791-2873] vs. 1171 [IQR 405-2665], p = 0.28).

CONCLUSIONS:

In this unique, exploratory study of academic neurology-themed podcasts, there was no significant increase in episode downloads during the early COVID-19 pandemic. A more comprehensive analysis of general and subspecialty medical podcasts is underway.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pandemics Type of study: Observational study / Risk factors Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Neurol Sci Journal subject: Neurology Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10072-021-05549-9

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Pandemics Type of study: Observational study / Risk factors Limits: Humans Language: English Journal: Neurol Sci Journal subject: Neurology Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: S10072-021-05549-9