Reuman Publishes Research on Social Media Experiences Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Hannah S. Reuman, MDPitt Pediatrics congratulates pediatrics resident Hannah S. Reuman, MD, on her recent research of social media experiences among adolescents and young adults with cancer.

Featured in Pediatric Blood and Cancer, Reuman's research showed nearly all study participants used social media with YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram being the most popular services.  Participants reported their use of social media was to educate themselves about cancer.  Over one-third of participants reported they developed a friendship with another cancer patient.  Most denied negative experiences with use of social media, although 17 percent of study participants experienced cyberbullying.

Reuman was assisted by Scott H. Maurer, MD, and James Felker, MD, faculty members in the Pitt Pediatrics Division of Hematology-Oncology.  Additional authors include Katherine Kerr of the University of Pittsburgh, assistant professor Jaime Sidani of Pitt's Department of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, assistant professor César G. Escobar-Viera of Pitt's Department of Psychiatry, and assistant professor Ariel Shensa at Duquesne University's School of Health Sciences.

PHOTO: Hannah S. Reuman, MD. Credit: UPMC Graduate Medical Education.