Text Reminders May Improve Medication Compliance

HealthDay (12/6, Preidt) reported that according to a study published Dec. 5 in the journal PLoS One, “text reminders improve the chances that patients will stick with their medication regimen.” The study, which involved 300 patients who had been prescribed medications to lower cholesterol or control hypertension and who had been divided into a group receiving reminder texts and another group receiving no texts, revealed that “only nine percent of patients in the text message group stopped taking their medications, compared with 25 percent of patients who did not receive text messages.” Also covering the story were BBC News (12/6) and The Telegraph (UK) (12/5, Knapton).

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— “Text Messages Remind People to Take Medications,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, December 5, 2014.

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