Text message prompts improve diabetes self management

Cell phone-based text message prompts help patients better manage their diabetes, according to a report at CMIO.net on a recent clinical study.

A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care analyzed whether sending text messages could engage adult patients in better self-management behaviors between clinic visits.

Diabetes patients in the study received text message prompts over a three-month period to measure blood sugar and to remind them about upcoming appointments.

Blood glucose readings were requested three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reminders were sent seven, three and one day(s) prior to the scheduled appointment.

The study found that 66 percent of patients provided blood sugar readings when prompted by text messages. Before the study at clinic visits, only 12 percent provided those readings.

Results also showed that more than three-fourths (79 percent) of the participants responded to more than half of their cell phone prompts.

During focused groups in English and Spanish, the participants reported increased social support and feelings that the program “made them feel accountable." The prompts also raised their awareness of health information.

“Patients need to manage chronic diseases on a daily basis, yet US healthcare systems are not well structured to support self management across large patient populations,” according to the research paper. “Both patients and providers express frustration with the standard approach to managing chronic disease through the 20-minute provider-driven clinic visit."

The study was conducted by the Denver Health of Hospital Authority, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the Colorado School of Public Health.

Participants were receiving regular care at a community health center in Denver that serves a propulation that is predominantly uninsured or on Medicare or Medicaid.

Text message usage exploding
Text message usage is on the rise. Some 196.9 billion text messages are sent each month, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association. This compares to 12.5 billion a month just five years earlier.

The CTIA also reports that wireless penetration in the US equals 102.4 percent. This means that there are more cell phones than people in the country.

CTIA also reports that 31.6 percent of US households are wireless only and do not have a landline installed.

Sources: The American Journal of Managed Care, CMIO.net, CTIO-The Wireless Association

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...