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Texting as a health tool for teenagers

New York Times, November 10, 2009

Studies have shown that teenage liver transplant recipients are four times more likely than adult patients to forget to take their medications or take them at the wrong time. Rather than scheduling more frequent clinic visits and lecturing teenage patients, this article in the New York Times outlines a different solution—text messaging. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York found that text messaging could significantly improve young liver transplant patients' adherence to medical advice. The program, called CareSpeak, sent text messages reminding young patients when to take their medications.