Research shows text messages boost medication adherence, reduce ED dependence

11/12/2013 | Healthcare Informatics online

A study in Annals of Emergency Medicine found that automated daily text messages boost diabetes patients' medication adherence and control of their condition. Researchers found that self-reported medication adherence among participants who were treated in the emergency department improved to 5.4 from 4.5 on an eight-point scale, while participants' blood glucose levels were reduced by 1.05% after they received text messages for six months. "These patients, when followed up by text messages for six months, improved enough to reduce their dependence on the emergency department for care of their diabetes," said lead study author Dr. Sanjay Arora.

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