15 Nov Smart Phone Technology May Improve Medication Adherence
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Frederick Kaskel: Non-adherence to medication and medical regimens is a serious and common problem in adolescents with various kidney disorders, resulting in increasing morbidity and mortality. Innovative efforts to engage this at risk population to prevent or lessen the cycle of non-adherence are needed.
Employing new smart phone technology has resulted in changes in this targeted population’s awareness of their conditions and need to be adherent to the medical regimen.
Texting reminders regarding medication alerts may result in a better participation of the adolescent in his/her health care governance. Long-term studies are needed in order to assess outcomes.