Moderator Prashant Yadav posted the following new discussion on the effect of SMS reminder on adherence to malaria treatment:
Malaria treatment provided by healthcare workers often differs from national recommended guidelines on case management. A recent study published in the Lancet (Volume 378, Issue 9793, Pages 795 - 803, 27 August 2011) used a randomized control trial to understand the impact of text-message reminders sent to health workers' mobile phones on adherence to treatment guidelines for children with malaria in Kenya. The interesting study shows that adherence to treatment guidelines improved by around 24% as a result of the text messages.
Improvement in adherence to treatment guidelines not only provides clinical benefits, it also makes the task of forecasters, supply planners and logisticians easier. When there is poor adherence to treatment protocols it is hard to estimate the demand for ACTs and RDTs. Higher adherence to treatment guidelines also has the potential to reduce stockouts.
Ideas on other approaches to enhancing adherence to treatment protocols by healthcare workers?
Please consider responding to this question and sharing your thoughts here: http://www.ghdonline.org/malaria/discussion/the-effect-of-mobile-phone-text-m...
Thank you, Sophie