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Response patterns to interactive SMS health education quizzes at two sites in Uganda: a cohort study.
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PMID:  23297650     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVE: The use of mobile phones can improve and strengthen (preventive) health care in low- and middle-income countries. We aimed to retrospectively assess the response patterns of participants in free SMS health education quizzes in Uganda. METHODS: Study participants were employees of two companies and their community networks. We investigated how quickly individuals responded to quiz question(s) and assessed possible influencing factors. Cox regression and anova analyses were used. RESULTS: Fifty percentage of responders answered within 50 min. The response chance declined with every additional day after sending an incentive via SMS (Hazard Ratio 0.993, CI 95% 0.981-0.984). Quiz topics influenced both participation rates and response time. Response time was shortest for questions on HIV and sexual behaviour. Response rates were high for HIV (79%) and malaria (78.4%), but only 37.4% for demographic topics. Network providers had a substantial effect on response behaviour. CONCLUSION: Interactive SMS programs are a fast method to reach the target population and incentives increase response rates. The most important factor influencing response time and participation rate is the network provider. Future research should focus on developing evidence-based guidelines for the design, implementation and evaluation of SMS-based interventions.
Authors:
Anne M de Lepper; Marinus J C Eijkemans; Hajo van Beijma; Jan Willem Loggers; Coosje J Tuijn; Linda Oskam
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-9
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Title:  Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-3156     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop. Med. Int. Health     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9610576     Medline TA:  Trop Med Int Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands; KIT (Royal Tropical Institute), KIT Biomedical Research, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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