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Texting Can Boost Medication Adherence for Chronically Ill Patients

Posted by @DanHinmon, Feb 8, 2016

Thanks to @jkennedy93 (Janet Kennedy) for sharing this article with us.

Mobile messaging can help boost medication adherence among chronic disease patients, but it is not a silver bullet in ensuring patients remain truly committed to prescription intake, according to research published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Text tools are helping chronic care patients avoid costly hospital re-admission scenarios, as well as keeping patients engaged with their care long after a hospital stay.

“It’s one way to think just sending messages is simple, and people will like it,” Robby Nieuwlaat, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Canada’s McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, told Kaiser Health News. “But they can also be irritating at some point if you don’t need it.”

Are you using texting as a method to improve patient compliance or health? What have you found useful? 


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