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Prostate cancer and podcasts: an analysis and assessment of the quality of information about prostate cancer available on podcasts


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Podcasts represent a new source of information for patients and families dealing with prostate cancer, but no studies have been conducted evaluating the quality of information in them. Evaluating for: (1) quality based on the validated DISCERN criteria, (2) understandability and actionability based on the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT), (3) misinformation, and (4) commercial bias, we concluded that podcasts are currently not good sources of information for lay health consumers.

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CS conducted study design, performed data collection, lead data analysis, and was primary author of this paper. PC provided guidance on and assisted with data collection. AN provided guidance on data collection and data analysis. SL provided guidance on study design and data analysis. RM provided guidance and mentorship on study design, data collection, and data analysis. All authors contributed to writing and editing this paper.

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The authors of this paper have no competing interests to disclose. Dr SL’s research is supported by the National Cancer Institute (1R01CA278997-01) and the Department of Defense. (080-27000-X17501).

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Scott, C., Campbell, P., Nemirovsky, A. et al. Prostate cancer and podcasts: an analysis and assessment of the quality of information about prostate cancer available on podcasts. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis 27, 153–154 (2024).

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