Text Messaging Improves Adherence to Cardiovascular Preventive Treatment: the INTERACT Trial (BBC News / Plos ONE)


The NHS spends over £500 million on wasted medicines and avoidable illness per year, it has been estimated. Earlier research indicates that about one-third of patients do not take their medication as directed. Text messaging services could help people to remember to take their prescribed medicines, according to the INTERACT Trial.

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Text messaging service ‘helps people take their pills’. London: BBC Health News, December 6th 2014.

This relates to:

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Wald, DS. Bestwick, JP. [and] Raiman, L. [et al] (2014). Randomised trial of text messaging on adherence to cardiovascular preventive treatment (INTERACT Trial). PLoS ONE. December 5th 2014, 9(12): e114268. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

Possibly also of interest, there is a more cautious systematic review:

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de Jongh, T. Gurol-Urganci, I. [and] Vodopivec-Jamsek, V. [et al] (2012). Mobile phone messaging for facilitating self-management of long-term illnesses. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, December 12th 2012, Vol.12, No. CD007459. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

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