TExT-MED Preliminary Results
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 : 12:00pm to 1:00pm
University Park Campus
Dr. Arora and Dr. Menchine present a 3-month follow-up data of their 6-month TExT-MED (Trial to Examine Tex-Based mHealth for Emergency department patients with Diabetes).
Mobile health (mHealth) refers to the use of mobile phones and other mobile devices as a platform on which to provide public health or medical interventions. The clinical and public health efficacy of mHealth is only beginning to be rigorously assessed but initial results of several trials assessing outcomes in patients with diabetes is encouraging. However, there have been no trials utilizing mHealth in disparity populations, and the impact on Spanish-speaking Latinos is wholly unknown. We present the 3-month follow-up data of our 6 month TExT-MED (Trial to Examine Text-Based mHealth for Emergency department patients with Diabetes) RCT in which patients received unidirectional twice-daily text messages designed to motivate, educate and empower patients with poorly-controlled diabetes. This innovative, easily adaptable and low-cost solution has potential to improve glycemic control, knowledge and healthy lifestyle choices in a patient population that has been difficult to reach and almost impossible to treat by transforming an ED visit into the beginning of a lasting and successful long-term diabetes management plan.