To say that chronic conditions are difficult to go through
would be the understatement of the century.
But there is hope! In this day and age, treatments have improved and technology has advanced. Though life will certainly be more difficult, it will not be impossible. We have modern conveniences and medicines that people didn't have even a decade ago—and advancements are being made everyday!
So one might ask- Can text messaging help?
One study investigated the effectiveness of texting reminders in order to get HIV-Positive youth to stick to their HIV medication. The results were interesting!
The study compared a control group who received no texting reminders to a group of people who received reminders both before and after their scheduled times to take medication. The messages also invited responses from participants and held a personalized and motivational tone.
The Results and Conclusions
The results? The article explains, “The study found a significantly greater proportion of intervention participants with medication adherence at or over 90 percent than the comparison group when evaluated at three months and six months after the start of the trial.”
So what was the conclusion? The article quotes Robert Garofalo, the study's lead author: “The text messaging intervention is a practical and inexpensive tool that can be implemented in primary care and HIV clinics across the country. … It is well-suited for supporting the treatment of conditions managed over extended periods of time.”
How wonderful that a simple tool like texting reminders can help improve the health of those suffering from a devastating diagnosis. It's so easy for those undergoing medical trials to become overwhelmed, or even just to forget to take their medication. But this is the power of texting—messages come to your personal phone and you can't ignore them. They can provide a much-needed encouraging note to someone who might need it!
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns! To read about the conducted study, visit this page.