Kenya: Mobile Phone Technologies Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in a Resource-Limited Setting -- A Randomized Controlled Trial of Text Message Reminders
April 12, 2011
Noting the "limited evidence on whether growing mobile phone availability in sub-Saharan Africa can be used to promote high adherence to antiretroviral therapy," the current study assessed the efficacy of short message service (SMS) ART adherence reminders among patients attending a rural clinic in Kenya.
Enrollees -- 431 adults who had initiated ART within three months -- were randomly assigned to a control group or one of four SMS reminder interventions. Intervention group participants received SMS reminders that were either short or long and sent daily or weekly. Adherence was measured using the medication event monitoring system. Adherence exceeding 90 percent during each 12-week analysis period and the 48-week study period was the primary outcome; the secondary outcome was treatment interruptions of 48 hours or more.
03.27.2011; Vol. 25; No. 6: P. 825-834; Cristian Pop-Eleches and others
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