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Text Messaging Medication Reminders Significantly Reduces Organ Rejection in Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients
Date:6/4/2009

Mt. Sinai Medical Center's Pediatric Gastroenterology Department published results from a promising yearlong study conducted with pediatric liver transplant patients using CareSpeak Communications' MediM AS medication reminder system to keep them taking critical medication on schedule. By sending text message reminders to 41 pediatric patients and/or their parents, only 2 patients experienced a rejection episode versus 12 patients prior to the use of the MediM AS system.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 4, 2009 -- Mt. Sinai Medical Center's Pediatric Gastroenterology Department, under the leadership of Dr. Tamir Miloh, published results from a promising yearlong study conducted with pediatric liver transplant patients using CareSpeak Communications' MediM AS medication reminder system to keep them taking critical medication on schedule.

Successful treatment of patients after Orthotopic Liver Transplantation (OLT) requires regular intake of medication and non-adherence with medication has been reported in up to 40% of adolescent OLT recipients. Non-adherence can include not taking the medication at the prescribed frequency, dose or time and can be deliberate or unintentional. Non-adherence has been associated with severe morbidity: acute/chronic rejection, end stage liver disease, hospitalizations, rising costs, re-transplantation and even death. The most common reported reason for non-adherence in OLT recipients is forgetfulness.

Improving compliance with medication is essential to improving long-term outcomes in pediatric transplant recipients. Current methods of improving adherence for chronic health problems are mostly complex and not very effective. The aims of the study were to pilot test the effects of text messaging medication reminders on patient's adherence and outcome.

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