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03/27/2017

Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

Article Excerpt: Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. A growing number of companies are hiring these patient influencers to reach, and understand, these folks. And, of course, sell them stuff.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/mx5ahn2

Article Source: WIRED

03/17/2017

Latino adults’ perspectives on treating tobacco use via social media.

Anguiano B, Brown-Johnson C, Rosas LG, Pechmann C, Prochaska JJ. (2017). Latino adults’ perspectives on treating tobacco use via social media. JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth. 5(2): e12. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.6684

Researchers recruited 32 people who identify as Latino or Latina using Craigslist, referrals by community health workers, and word of mouth to participate in focus groups about mobile phone and social media use, smoking, and cessation treatment preferences. All participants had made at least one 24 hour quit attempt, but very few had reported receiving assistance from a health care provider (n=3) or using nicotine replacement (n=1), and no participants had used cessation medication or psychosocial cessation treatments. One factor that helped participants delay smoking was checking Facebook. Key motivators for quitting smoking were family, life transitions (e.g. pregnancy), and feelings of shame. Participants used many popular social media platforms, but preferred Facebook. Social media was acceptable to participants as a method to deliver smoking cessation interventions. Those opposed to social media smoking cessation groups preferred receiving support from family and friends and did not want to spend more time on their phone. There were mixed perspectives about whether social media groups should be matched and how they should be matched (e.g. race, smoking characteristics, interests). Participants felt that supportive messages posted as a part of social media smoking cessation interventions should be supportive and motivational, but not demanding.

01/19/2017

Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/j368et8

Article Source: DoDLive

12/23/2016

Social networking sites, depression, and anxiety: A systematic review.

Seabrook EM, Kern ML, Rickard NS. (2016). Social networking sites, depression, and anxiety: A systematic review. JMIR Mental Health. 3(4): e50. PMCID: PMC5143470

The authors examined 70 studies focused on associations between use of social networking sites (SNSs) with depression and anxiety. Findings indicated that positive and negative associations between SNS use and mental health exist, but relationships are complex. Many of the findings indicated that frequency or quantity of SNS connections or interactions mattered less than the quality of those connections and reactions. For people with depression, results indicated that objective quality did not matter as much as perceived quality of SNS connections and interactions. Passive use (i.e. only viewing content without posting content), social comparison (i.e. comparing one’s life to others’ self-presentation on Facebook), Facebook envy (i.e. hostile evaluations of others’ self-presentations on SNSs), and SNS addictive behaviors were related to depression and anxiety. The authors concluded that SNSs have the potential to be beneficial for mental health, but maladaptive interactional styles can be self-perpetuating.

09/14/2016

Dartmouth Study Uses Peer Support, Mobile Technology, and Social Media to Improve Fitness in Young Adults w SMI

Article Excerpt: A new Geisel School of Medicine study aims to stem the prevalence of obesity among young adults with serious mental illness through peer support, mobile technology, and popular social media.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/hpb57bf

Article Source: Geisel NewsCenter

09/09/2016

Effect of a digital social media campaign on young adult smoking cessation.

Baskerville NB, Azagba S, Norman C, McKeown K, Brown KS. (2016). Effect of a digital social media campaign on young adult smoking cessation. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 18(3): 351-360. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv119

The Break-it-Off (BIO) campaign is a Canadian multicomponent smoking cessation intervention for young adults that uses ending a romantic relationship as a metaphor for quitting smoking. The BIO campaign involves a website and mobile app that are integrated with social media. The website guides users through the stages of quitting smoking using the metaphor of breaking up with a romantic partner (i.e. “get it over with”, “stay split up”, “move on with life”) and provides information about methods of quitting smoking. Users can upload videos about their “break-up” with smoking on YouTube and share information about their quit attempt on Facebook. The BIO campaign app provides time-sensitive information to users about avoiding smoking at times when people often want to smoke (e.g. when they are bored, stressed, or intoxicated). During a three month period, the BIO website had 44,172 visits (37,325 unique visitors) and the app was downloaded 3,937 times. Content was shared on social media by 339 users. In a quasi-experimental trial comparing the BIO campaign (n=102) to a smoking help line (n=136), BIO users had higher rates of 7- and 30-day point prevalence abstinence and made more quit attempts over a 3-month period compared to help line users.

09/02/2016

The use of social media in recruitment for medical research studies: A scoping review.

Topolovec-Vranic J, Natarajan K. (2016). The use of social media in recruitment for medical research studies: A scoping review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 18(11): e286. doi: 10.2196/jmir.5698

Researchers reviewed 30 studies that used social media and at least one other recruitment method for medical research and compared the effectiveness of social media to other methods. The median percentage of participants recruited through social media was 32% (range: 0-98.3%). Twelve studies found that social media was the most effective method of recruitment (i.e. recruited the most participants). Studies focused on “hard to reach” populations or those with specific diagnoses found that social media was the most effective tool for recruitment. Facebook was one of the more effective social media sites for recruitment. Of 13 studies that compared cost-effectiveness of social media to other methods of recruitment, 5 studies found that social media was the most cost-effective method of recruitment relative to other recruitment methods. Recruitment via social media is affected by many different factors and the success of social media as a recruitment tool compared to other methods varies depending on study population targets.

07/13/2016

Can social media help prevent opioid abuse?

Article Excerpt: Can a social media strategy that has helped gay men combat HIV now help curb the abuse of powerful opioid drugs? That’s the question a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is asking in a pilot study highlighted by White House officials last week.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/zzfk7tw

Article Source: ScienceMag

01/27/2016

Would You Tell The World You Have Schizophrenia On YouTube?

Article Excerpt: When she was 22, Rachel Star Withers uploaded a video to YouTube called “Normal: Living With Schizophrenia.” It starts with her striding across her family’s property in Fort Mill, S.C. She looks across the rolling grounds, unsmiling. Her eyes are narrow and grim.

Full Article: http://tinyurl.com/h7uztoo

Article Source: NPR