The effect of text message support on diabetes self-management in developing countries – A randomised trial

by Josefien Van Olmen, Guy Kegels, Catherine Korachais et al.
Journal of Clinical & Translational Endocrinology, Vol. 7, March 2017, pp. 33–41

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mHealth interventions have the potential to facilitate self-management. This TEXT4DSM study implemented a mobile phone intervention in existing diabetes programmes in three low- and middle-income countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Cambodia, and the Philippines). The study was the first to test the same mHealth intervention in different countries. The finding that text messages did not show an additional effect on diabetes control implied that expectations about mHealth should be cautious. The degree of coverage, the quality of the routine programme, and the progression of disease can interfere with the expected impact.

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