ANCHOR LEAD: THERE’S AT LEAST ONE MEDICAL APPLICATION FOR TEXT MESSAGING, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Text messaging has a bad rep for much of the medical establishment, since studies show it compromises attention to important matters like driving and contributes to accidents. But now a study by Delphine Robotham, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, concludes that text messaging is effective in helping patients take their medicines properly.
ROBOTHAM: One thing that all the studies focused on was the number one reason cited for patients not taking their medication is forgetfulness. And so the point of the text messaging is to try and get around that barrier. This would not necessarily be effective for somebody who was noncompliant out of choice but it would certainly be effective for those who don’t take their medication out of forgetfulness. :22
Robotham says people who opted into text messaging found it did help them remember to take their medicines, and for complex medication regimens such as those for asthma it was helpful. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.