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A pilot study using interactive SMS support groups to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in South Africa.
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PMID:  23034933     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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We investigated the feasibility of using mobile phone text messaging (SMS) to promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected pregnant women recently diagnosed with HIV. Seven HIV-positive women (15-33 weeks gestation) from two urban antenatal clinics received mobile phones and were invited to use text messaging to discuss HIV, health and pregnancy over a 12-week period. All participants were connected to each other and to a clinician who guided the group and answered questions via group SMS messaging. A total of 1018 individual messages were sent regarding medical and psychosocial topics related to HIV and mother-to-child HIV transmission. Participants sent an average of 16 messages per enrolled, technology-problem-free week. Half the messages (51%) concerned medical information, and the remainder concerned social comments or addressed psychological matters. Four post-intervention interviews with participants revealed overall satisfaction and participants recommended that the group be offered in the future. The pilot project's anonymity, non-rigid nature and remote access allowed it to overcome stigma and logistical challenges where a conventional support intervention would probably have failed.
Authors:
Andrea Lach Dean; Jennifer D Makin; Anna S Kydd; Maurice Biriotti; Brian Wc Forsyth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of telemedicine and telecare     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1758-1109     ISO Abbreviation:  J Telemed Telecare     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506702     Medline TA:  J Telemed Telecare     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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* Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA.
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