Quality of HTN-related Videos on TikTok: Study Author Shares Findings

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 71st Annual Scientific Session, held April 2-4, 2022 showed that a significant amount of hypertension (HTN)-related information on the popular video sharing app TikTok is not presented by qualified health care professionals.

The study, "Evaluating hypertension-related content on TikTok: A social media analysis," was conducted by Nanda Siva, a third-year medical student at West Virginia University School of Medicine, and fellow medical students from West Virginia University and The George Washington University who were mentored by Arka Chatterjee, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.

Siva, who presented the study's findings at ACC 2022, recently talked to Patient Care Online about the impetus for the study and shares how clinicians are utilizing TikTok to educate their viewers.