Ringtones improve med adherence

A cluster randomised controlled trial involving 43 GPs and 143 patients found inhaler reminders improved adherence to inhaled corticosteroids, compared to adherence discussions or usual care.

The device used in the six-month study had ringtones that alerted patients to missed doses, displayed the time the last dose was taken and recorded data on medication use, which could be viewed by the GP.

Researcher Dr Juliet Foster of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research said the electronic prompts helped to establish routine but that even setting recurring