In 2010, there were approximately 8.8 million incident cases of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. The treatment of TB is at least six months long and may be complicated by a high pill burden. In addition, TB patients often do not take their medication on schedule simply because they forget. Mobile phone text messaging has the potential to help promote TB treatment adherence. The authors conducted a review of current best evidence for the use of mobile phone text messaging to promote patient adherence to TB treatment.
Nglazi, MD.; Bekker, LG.; Wood, R.; Hussey, GD.; Wiysonge, CS. Mobile phone text messaging for promoting adherence to anti-tuberculosis treatment: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews (2013) 2 (1) 6. [DOI: 10.1186/2046-4053-2-6]