Keeping connected

Text reminders double the odds of medication adherence among middle-aged patients with chronic diseases, report Australian researchers.

They reviewed 16 randomised controlled trials (involving 2742 patients) that used SMS reminders for chronic diseases including coronary artery disease, asthma, allergic rhinitis and epilepsy.

Five studies provided personalised messages, eight involved two-way communication, and eight sent daily reminders.

The pooled analysis shows text messaging increases the likelihood of adherence compared with usual care.