Neurology Podcast Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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], p
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.
Siegler, J. E., Boreskie, P. E., Strowd, R., Rook, R., Goss, A., Al-Mufti, F., Rossow, B., Miller, A., Chamberlain, A., London, Z., Hurley, J., Geocadin, R., Richie, M., Isaacson, R., Rybinnik, I., & Chan, T. M. (2021). Neurology Podcast Utilization During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Neurological Sciences, 42 (11), 4437-4445. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-021-05549-9