Text Messages May Improve Medication Adherence Significantly, Study Shows
February 19, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
Text messaging nearly doubled medication adherence in patients with chronic diseases, finds a study first published online February 1, 2016, in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers assessed 16 randomized clinical trials including pooled data from 2,742 patients and found that text messaging increased medication adherence from an assumed rate of 50% compliance to 67.8%, an absolute increase of 17.8%. The effect on adherence was not sensitive to intervention duration, type of disease, or text message characteristics (personalization, two-way communication, or daily text message delivery).