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Text Message Reminders Prove Effective in Boosting Mammogram Completion Rates, Study Finds

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that text message reminders significantly increase mammogram completion rates among women initially approached for breast cancer screening.

Conducted by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the study involved two concurrent trials with women aged 40 to 74 years. In trial A, women were randomly assigned to receive either a signed bulk order for a mammogram or no order. Concurrently, they were assigned to receive or not receive text message reminders. In trial B, women were randomly assigned to receive a message signed by their primary care clinician or from the organization. Again, they were concurrently assigned to receive or not receive text message reminders.

The study included a total of 24,632 women. Results showed that, at three months, there was a significant increase in the percentage of patients completing a mammogram in the bulk order arm compared to those who didn’t receive an order. Similarly, there was a notable increase in mammogram completion among those who received text message reminders.

In trial B, mammogram completion rates did not significantly differ between the clinician endorsement and standard messaging groups. However, there was a significant difference in completion rates between those who received text message reminders and those who did not.

The authors of the study noted that incorporating behavioral science and information technology insights into large-scale campaigns could be a game-changer in improving healthcare outcomes.

One of the authors disclosed financial ties to Guardant Health.

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