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Mobile tools can boost adherence for chronic disease patients

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A systematic review published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) looked at 107 different mHealth studies and compiled the results to try and determine how the technology services can help chronic disease patients. As might be expected with a review of so many papers, results were mixed, however:

Usability, feasibility, and acceptability or patient preferences for mAdherence interventions were assessed in 57.9% (62/107) of studies and found to be generally high. A total of 27 studies employed randomized controlled trial (RCT) methods to assess impact on adherence behaviors, and significant improvements were observed in 15 of those studies (56%).

So, not an avalanche of positive numbers, but interesting nonetheless. Some of the statistics on the studies were interesting.

Types of mobile tools used for mAdherence:

Number of studies by year:

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Number of studies by region:

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Other stories from the Fierce network:

Source: Fierce Mobile Healthcare

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