"Using mobile-phone text messages to remind HIV patients to take their dose of life-saving medications can give a major boost to drug adherence, according to an innovative trial in Kenya unveiled on Tuesday, " Agence France-Presse reports. For the study, which was published online in the Lancet Wednesday, researchers describe how "[b]etween May 2007 and October 2009, 538 patients [initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART)] were enrolled in the WelTel Kenya1 study from three clinics that provided care for HIV/AIDS patients - one in a low-income section of Nairobi, another in a higher-income section of the city, and a third in a rural district. Half of the patients were randomly selected to receive text message support, while the others did not, " according to a University of British Columbia press release (11/9).
Few Eligible Young Women Choose To Take HPV Vaccine To Prevent Cervical Cancer And Most Fail To Get The Recommended 3 Doses
In a study of more than 9, 600 adolescent and young adult women in the Baltimore area, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that fewer than 30 percent of those eligible to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer actually chose to get it. And only about a third of those who began receiving the vaccine completed the three doses recommended for maximum protection. The research, which was led by J. Kathleen Tracy, Ph.D., an assistant professor of epidemiology, was presented at a cancer prevention research conference in Philadelphia sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research. "Despite strong evidence that the HPV vaccine is highly effective, our study showed that relatively few women choose to take it, and the majority of them don't complete the recommended series of doses, " Dr.
Health IT reshaped the United States system for caring for veterans, The Toronto Globe and Mail reports. "Ken Kizer is the miracle man of U.S. health care. Mr. Kizer brought in bold reform that transformed the vast and woeful Veterans Health Administration into an efficient, effective model institution with sky-high patient satisfaction. Starting in 1994, it took him five years to reduce costs and increase quality of care, while nearly doubling the number of patients." How did he do it? He implemented electronic health records. Kizer speaks to the Globe and Mail about his work (Mickleburgh, 11/11). Meanwhile, another trend is taking shape in the U.S. and elsewhere: "The convergence of mobile telephony and health care, " The Economist reports. Though proponents have already cropped up all over, "evidence of m-health's usefulness is at last starting to trickle in.
CVS Caremark Research Finds Correlation Between Amount Of Patient Co-pay And Prescription Abandonment
A new study by Harvard, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark researchers has found a direct correlation between the amount of a patient's out-of-pocket co-pay and likely abandonment of the prescription, with patients having a co-pay of $50 almost four times more likely to abandon a prescription at a pharmacy than those paying $10. The study also found that e-prescriptions are 65 percent more likely to be left abandoned at a retail pharmacy by patients than are hand-written prescriptions. The CVS Caremark-sponsored study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine is the first to systematically evaluate rates and predictors of prescriptions abandoned at the pharmacy. "Sticker shock is an important driver of prescription abandonment, " said lead author of the study, William Shrank, MD, MSHS, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard.
Being able to read and understand words like anemia, hormones and seizure means a patient with heart failure may be less likely to be hospitalized, according to a new study from Emory University School of Medicine. Findings were presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in Chicago. The research, led by Emory cardiologist Javed Butler, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, Emory School of Medicine and director of Heart Failure Research at Emory Healthcare, involved the use of a simple test called the Rapid Estimates of Adults Literacy in Medicine (REALM-R). "This study lends more insight about the importance of health literacy and the impact it has on a patient's participation in their care, " says Butler, who also serves as the deputy chief science advisor for the American Heart Association.