Background: The short messaging service (SMS) is supposed to improve adherence of TB patients to regular treatment.
Methods: A cross-sectional study using survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews was performed with pulmonary TB patients to identify the feasibility of SMS reminders and determinants of mobile phone utilization.
Results: The rates of mobile ownership and messages usage were 91.1% and 80.4% respectively, and 81% held favorable opinion on SMS reminders. Gender, age, education level and income profile were likely to be influencing factors.
Conclusion: The SMS reminder system was feasible to initiate given high access to mobile phones and positive views. Features of service users should be considered when implementing SMS interventions.
Keywords: Mobile phone; Ownership; Short Message Service; Tuberculosis.