One of the great joys of medicine is seeing patients get better. One of the greatest frustrations is seeing patients not improve as expected with treatment.
One of the biggest problems in medicine — one that causes patients to suffer and that increases the cost of care — is that patients don’t take their medications as recommended.
A research group in Massachusetts studied how well patients with eczema take their medications and whether text messages could increase patients’ use of the medicine. The researchers found that the text messages did increase patients’ use of the prescribed treatment.
People can improve the effectiveness of our health care system just by doing a better job taking their medications. Hopefully, the new, inexpensive electronic technologies can help patients do that.