Text reminders helped people take their heart medicines regularly

Updated:Nov 17,2013

Text reminders helped people take their heart medicines regularly

Getting reminder texts helped people take their heart medicines more regularly, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.

In a small study, heart disease patients were divided into three groups. One group received customized text education messages and medication reminders; the second group got education messages only; and the third received no texts.

The text messaging groups had a 16 percent to 17 percent higher rate of taking correct doses of their anti-platelet and cholesterol-lowering drugs, and a higher rate of taking doses on schedule compared to the group who didn’t receive text messaging.

The researchers said these results have led them to seek more ways to apply innovative technologies to help heart patients stick with their medicines.

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Researcher information:
Linda Park, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow at San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif.; (925) 348-2174; linda.park@ucsf.edu

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