Mobile technology has great potential to improve adherence and treatment outcomes in healthcare settings. However, text messaging and phone calls are unaffordable in many resource-limited areas. This study investigates the use of a no-cost alternative mobile phone technology using missed calls (‘buzzing’) to act as a patient reminder. The use of missed calls as a patient reminder was evaluated for feasibility and effectiveness as an appointment reminder in the follow-up of newly-diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients in an HIV testing and counselling department in rural Swaziland.
This research is funded under the Department for International Development’s COMDIS Programme which is led by the University of Leeds.
Merav Kliner, Abigail Knight, Canaan Mamvura et al. Using no-cost mobile phone reminders to improve attendance for HIV test results: a pilot study in rural Swaziland. Infectious Diseases of Poverty. 2013; 2: 12. doi: 10.1186/2049-9957-2-12
Using no-cost mobile phone reminders to improve attendance for HIV test results: a pilot study in rural Swaziland