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SMS for disease control in developing countries: a systematic review of mobile health applications.

Abstract

Mobile phones provide a low cost method of addressing certain health system needs in developing countries. We examined SMS-supported interventions for prevention, surveillance, management and treatment compliance of communicable and non-communicable diseases in developing countries. We searched both peer-reviewed and grey literature reporting the use of SMS messages for disease prevention, surveillance, self-management and compliance in developing countries. A total of 98 applications fulfilled the inclusion criteria (33 prevention, 19 surveillance, 29 disease management and 17 patient compliance applications). In 31 projects, the SMS applications were evaluated. The majority of applications focused on HIV/AIDS and were located in India, South Africa and Kenya. Most used bulk (push) messaging. In general, they were well accepted by the population. The review provides further evidence that mobile phones are an appropriate and promising tool for disease control interventions in developing countries.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Déglise C
Suggs SL
Odermatt P
Year of Publication
2012
Journal
Journal of telemedicine and telecare
Volume
18
Issue
5
Number of Pages
273-81
Date Published
07/2012
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1758-1109
DOI
10.1258/jtt.2012.110810
Alternate Journal
J Telemed Telecare
PMID
22826375
Publication Language
eng

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