While there has been a proliferation of mobile health interventions there's little evidence to support their efficacy (i.e., whether or not they work). Researchers at the University of Sydney implemented a personalized mobile text messaging study with 700 patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease. Half of the patients received the tailored text messaging intervention; whereas the remainder received usual care. "Texts might include something like, 'Hi, Elizabeth. Have you gone for your walk today?' or 'Have you taken you medications yet today? It's important to take them at the same time each day.'" Results showed improvements in risk factors for heart disease among patients receiving the text messages. Findings provide evidence for a potentially cost-effective-- yet scalable approach to behavior change for heart disease patients. Click HERE for the full article by Lynn Shallcross.
- J.L. Sheats