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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Oct;107(10):666-8. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trt070. Epub 2013 Aug 4.

Is the short messaging service feasible to improve adherence to tuberculosis care? A cross-sectional study.

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China Effective Health Care Network, School of Public Health and Management, Chongqing Medical University, 400016 Chongqing, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The short messaging service (SMS) is supposed to improve adherence of TB patients to regular treatment.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional study using survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews was performed with pulmonary TB patients to identify the feasibility of SMS reminders and determinants of mobile phone utilization.

RESULTS:

The rates of mobile ownership and messages usage were 91.1% and 80.4% respectively, and 81% held favorable opinion on SMS reminders. Gender, age, education level and income profile were likely to be influencing factors.

CONCLUSION:

The SMS reminder system was feasible to initiate given high access to mobile phones and positive views. Features of service users should be considered when implementing SMS interventions.

KEYWORDS:

Mobile phone; Ownership; Short Message Service; Tuberculosis

PMID:
23918285
DOI:
10.1093/trstmh/trt070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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