How text messages could aid compliance

October 1, 2014

To aid teenagers’ compliance, try text message reminders.

 

To aid teenagers’ compliance, try text message reminders. A study of the use of text messaging to aid an investigation in adolescents requiring the regular collection of urine samples found a high response rate to text message reminders, resulting in missed collections of less than 10%. This suggests that text messaging is an acceptable and feasible tool for reminding teenagers about appointments, medications-whatever (Balzer BW, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2014;99[7]:666-667). 


Ms Freedman is a freelance medical editor and writer in New Jersey. She has nothing to disclose in regard to affiliations with or financial interests in any organizations that may have an interest in any part of this article.