One-way Versus Two-way Text Messaging onImproving Medication Adherence: Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials

This article concludes: "Two-way text messaging is a useful method for improving medication adherence and confers benefit across a range of therapies, but 1-way text messaging has little or no effect."
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Text Message Reminders Increase Appointment Adherence ina Pediatric Clinic: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This article concludes: "Text message reminders are an effective way to improve rate of attendance at an urban pediatric resident clinic with high no-show rates.This promising and modern technology represents an underutilized resource in primary care that will improve appointment adherence and potentially enhance patient care."
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Mobile Telephone Text Messaging for Medication Adherence in Chronic Disease

This article concludes: "We found that mobile telephone text messaging increased adherence to taking medications among middle-aged patients with chronic disease. The ease of use, instantaneous relay of information, and boundless reach make it an attractive tool for public health. While our analyses indicate some heterogeneity across clinical trials, this finding is likely because of variation in the characteristics of the interventions studied and in the definitions of outcomes among the studies. These results should be interpreted with caution given that most trials were of short duration and that most used self-reported outcome measures. Hence, uncertainty remains about the effect size of text messages over longer periods and on objective measures of outcome.Future research on the benefit of different features of text message interventions, the longevity of the effect, and the influence on objective clinical measures of outcomes are needed to help better identify the role of text message interventions to improve medication adherence in chronic disease care."
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A Web-Based Medical Appointment Scheduling with SMS Alert Notification System 

This article concludes: "In this study, a web-based medical appointment scheduling with an SMS alert notification system was developed, which incorporates both a booking system and an SMS alert notification system. The developed system can eliminate missed healthcare appointments and provides the machinery to notice patients when appointments are suspended or canceled. It provides a platform to book appointments remotely and has an adequate security feature to protect patient medical records since every registered patient and physician has a unique username and password for login. The system will drastically reduce or eradicate the several no-shows, missed-appointments, and queues of patients; and get rid of waiting time, idle time, and missed appointments. The developed system is cost-effective or less expensive in delivering health care services and helps to increase health care efficiency, effectiveness, and quality. Based on the findings of this study, it is recommended for all owners of medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics both public and private, to key into this modern trend of rendering medical services used in developed nations to improve their service delivery."
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