Text Messages May Improve Teen's Eczema
Do you wish your tween or teen would
just use that eczema treatment as prescribed? If so, you may want to
send daily text messages.
A study conducted at the Harvard Medical School found that patients
respond to text messages. The text messages worked so well that most
Stuck to their treatment plan more
days per week
Had less eczema in 6 weeks
Wanted to keep receiving text
All of the patients in this study had
atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. The patients were
14 years of age or older. Every patient received a daily text
message for 6 weeks. The messages reminded them to use their
medicine and gave them educational information about atopic
Most patients (90%) said the education information was helpful. And,
85% said the texts reminded them to treat their skin.
WRU W8ing 41? A text message just might be what your teen
or tween needs to stick to that treatment plan.
1 Text message shorthand for “What are you waiting for?”
Pena-Robichaux V, Watson AJ, Kvedar JC. “Text messages as a reminder
aid and educational tool in adolescents and adults with atopic
dermatitis: A pilot study.” Journal of the American Academy of
Dermatology. 2010; March:62(3)suppl 1:AB10.
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