Health Information Technology: Text Messaging Interventions for Medication Adherence Among Patients with Chronic Diseases
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends the use of text messaging interventions for patients with chronic medical conditions based on sufficient evidence of effectiveness in increasing medication adherence. Evidence was considered sufficient based on studies that found meaningful improvements in short-term rates of medication adherence across a range of different chronic medical conditions. Text messaging interventions for medication adherence send messages to patients who have at least one chronic medical condition to remind or encourage them to take their medications as prescribed. Messages must be accessible through patients’ mobile telephones. Messages must be sent regularly, though frequency may vary from medication dose times to weekly adherence reminders. Messages may be personalized to patients, and interventions may involve 2-way communication.