Pilot and feasibility test of adolescent-controlled text messaging reminders

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Feb;51(2):114-21. doi: 10.1177/0009922811412950. Epub 2011 Oct 20.


Purpose: This pilot study assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of a text messaging system that allowed teenagers with asthma to generate and control medical reminders sent to their mobile phones.

Methods: The 12 teens in the study group were able to create their own reminder text messages, add or change reminders, and determine when and how often the messages were sent to their cell phone.

Results: In total, 18 of the 21 unique messages created were reminders to take medication. No teen made changes to their original text messages or delivery schedule on their own. They gave high ratings on the usefulness, acceptability, and ease of use of the text messaging system. Self-reported asthma control at baseline was similar for both the study and comparison groups and did not change significantly.

Conclusions: Allowing teens to control the timing and content of reminder text messages may support self-management of chronic disease.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medication Adherence*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reminder Systems*
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Self Report
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Text Messaging*


  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents