Self-management of chronic conditions using mobile phones and text messages

Added July 16, 2020

Citation: Jones KR, Lekhak N, Kaewluang N. Using mobile phones and short message service to deliver self‐management interventions for chronic conditions: A meta‐review. Worldviews on Evidence‐Based Nursing. 2014 Apr;11(2):81-8.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services, workers and patients. Existing research on using mobile technology to self-manage chronic conditions might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this overview of systematic reviews, the authors searched for systematic reviews of the effects of using mobile phones and short messaging services to deliver self-management interventions for chronic conditions. They restricted their searches to reviews published in English between 2000 and 2012. They included 11 systematic reviews.

What was found: The systematic reviews included in this overview showed that the use of mobile phones and text messaging improved adherence to appointments and medication, self-management of asthma and diabetes, and short-term smoking cessation.

 

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