Texting may increase medication compliance in teen diabeticsJuly 31st, 2010 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 31 (ANI): Scientists have tapped into teen texting habits to increase medication compliance in adolescent diabetes patients.
Jennifer Dyer, MD, MPH, an endocrinologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has developed and completed a pilot study that uses weekly, customized text messages to remind adolescent diabetes patients about their personal treatment activities.
At the conclusion of the study, Dyer found an increase in overall treatment adherence and improved blood glucose levels.
During the study, she sent personalized questions and reminders specific to diabetes adherence activities in addition to friendly, supportive messages to her patients. By asking questions about glucose testing, meal boluses and frequency of high and low glucoses, Dr. Dyer has seen an increase in teens taking their medications.
“If adolescent diabetes patients do not adhere to their treatment and medication plan, it can result in difficulty concentrating in school or functioning throughout the day,” said Dr. Dyer, also an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
“Excellent control and treatment can have a long term positive effect on a patient with diabetes.”
Studies have shown that adolescent patients have a greater difficulty adhering to treatment and medication activities than adults. Thus, there is a significant correlation between increased independence and decreased treatment adherence in adolescents.
The rate of medication non-adherence among adolescent recipients is approximately four times higher than that among adult recipients.
“This form of communication allows for real-time health management which is extremely valuable for patients that suffer from a chronic illness like diabetes,” said Dr. Dyer, also a principal investigator in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. (ANI)
- 'SMS therapy' for chronic diseases - Dec 31, 2009
- Patients with uncontrolled hypertension respond well to treatment intensification - Jul 08, 2009
- 2 tests better than 1 for diagnosing diabetes in overweight children - May 03, 2011
- Irregular medication use increases seniors' chances of falling - May 20, 2010
- Asking adolescents what they wish for, could be eye opening - May 02, 2011
- Caffeine contributes to development, poor control of diabetes? - Apr 08, 2011
- Diabetes linked to schizophrenia - Jun 09, 2010
- Chronic kidney disease patients 'at increased depression risk' - Sep 09, 2009
- Experts stress 5 musts before weight loss surgery - Jul 10, 2012
- Highly active antiretroviral therapy too hard to swallow for HIV patients - Oct 23, 2009
- Travel easy with diabetes (Health Feature)(With Image) - Jul 06, 2012
- Benefits of intensive glucose treatment must be weighed against risks - Jun 30, 2010
- Insulin may protect patients from fatal bacterial infections - Sep 09, 2010
- Teens need parents' help in managing diabetes - Apr 08, 2010
- Sleep apnea 'ups insulin resistance' - May 18, 2010
Tags: adolescent diabetes, adolescent patients, adult recipients, blood glucose levels, college of medicine, diabetes patients, diabetes studies, endocrinologist, excellent control, glucose testing, jennifer dyer, medication compliance, ohio state university, ohio state university college of medicine, personal treatment, pilot study, s hospital, supportive messages, time health, treatment adherence