September 29, 2010

Text Messages May Be Way to Improve Eczema Management

Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health and colleagues have published a pilot study suggesting that text messages can be an effective way to encourage eczema patients to take medications and otherwise manage their condition. The Wall Street Journal reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe study was small ó 25 adults and adolescents aged 14 and up ó and didnít have a control group. But researchers wanted to get a preliminary idea of whether the messages boosted self-reported treatment adherence, self-care behaviors, disease severity and quality of life. All improved significantly after the six-week study.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Other studies with similar findings:

-- Text messaage reminders help teen transplant patients

-- Study correlates improved glucose levels in teen diabetics with SMS reminders

-- A Jewish Mother in Your Cell Phone

-- SIMPill: Medication Reminders via SMS

-- Mobile aid for diabetes patients

-- Gluconet monitors diabetes by Text messaging

A study that claims the opposite:

-- Text messages no good in reminding women to take birth control

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