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TEXTING TO HEALTHCARE WORKERS IMPROVES CARE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Text messages have been shown to help patients worldwide, with success reported in managing tuberculosis medication regimens to assisting smoking cessation efforts. Now a study targeting texting to healthcare workers shows that sticking with the guidelines for malaria care is also improved. Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, offers his perspective.

KLAG: One of the problems in being a healthcare provider is remembering all the guidelines you have to do and then complying with them. So if we look in practices we find that compliance with recommendations are relatively low. And they showed that at baseline in this study less than 20% of patients were treated in a way that was consistent with the current recommendations. 11% of patients in the control clinic were treated in compliance with recommendations, more in the active group, 20% but still very low. :32

At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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