Is the short messaging service feasible to improve adherence to tuberculosis care? A cross-sectional study

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Oct;107(10):666-8. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trt070. Epub 2013 Aug 4.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • China / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medication Adherence*
  • Middle Aged
  • Reminder Systems
  • Text Messaging*
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy*
  • Young Adult