A paper has been published exploring how effective mobile phones and the internet are in providing sexual health education messages to young people. The research, carried out by authors in London and Exeter: reviewed research papers, articles and blogs; interviewed young people (13–24 years old) and parents of teenagers; and talked to doctors, nurses, teachers…
A Cochrane review has identified limited evidence that mobile phone interventions may improve contraception use. Interventions delivered by mobile phone have been designed to improve health outcomes for individuals needing acute and chronic disease management and to facilitate health promotion. These interventions may be designed to improve medication adherence, encourage appointment attendance or promote behaviour…
An article has been published by reviewers from the US, examining the use of mobile phone text messages to deliver self-management support for people with long-term conditions. A meta-review of 11 systematic reviews was conducted. Mobile phone text messaging was found to improve adherence to appointments and antiretroviral therapy, short-term smoking cessation and specific clinical…
The purpose of this small study was to gauge the effectiveness of a text-messaging system to distribute pregnancy and health-related information to low-income expectant women. This study examined the merit of a low-cost, automated, two-way text-messaging system. Twenty women took part over a one month period. They were able to text pregnancy-related questions to the system…
The objective of this research was to determine whether mobile phone based monitoring improves asthma control compared with standard paper based monitoring strategies. Participants were centrally randomised to twice daily recording and mobile phone based transmission of symptoms, drug use, and peak flow with immediate feedback prompting action according to an agreed plan or paper based monitoring. There was no significant difference in the change in asthma control or self efficacy between the two groups. The numbers of patients who had acute exacerbations, steroid courses, and unscheduled consultations were similar in both groups, with similar healthcare costs. Overall, the mobile phone service was more expensive.
More than 34 million people are presently living with HIV infection. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can help these people to live longer, healthier lives, but because of side-effects, adherence (taking these medications every day) can be difficult. Mobile phone text-messaging has the potential to help promote adherence in these patients. This Cochrane review showed that weekly mobile phone text messages to patients on ART can help them to take their medication every day. It can also help to reduce the amount of HIV in their bloodstream.
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