Conducting a text message program through mobile phones can help improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetes among high risk Latinos, claims a new study.
Athena Philis-Tsimikas, M.D said that the use of mobile phones in health care is very promising, especially when it comes to low-income populations with chronic diseases.
He further explained that the study found that by using text messages they were able to avoid few barriers that the patients face, such as lack of transportation or childcare, while still being able to expand the reach of diabetes care and education.
Potential next steps include incorporating text messaging into conventional self-management education programs. Patients may be seen in one-on-one visits or groups visits and then have the text messages added as supplements once they get home.
The results of the Dulce Digital study were presented at the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco.