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Mobile phone text messaging can help young people manage asthma

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:600
  1. Ron Neville, general practitioner (,
  2. Alexandra Greene, lecturer in social anthropology,
  3. John McLeod, professor of counselling,
  4. Andrew Tracy, project manager,
  5. John Surie, director
  1. Westgate Health Centre, Dundee DD2 4AD
  2. Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AL
  3. Department of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee DD1 1HG
  4. Wonderworks (Communication Consultancy), London NW1 8JD

    EDITOR—The main reason why asthma is suboptimally controlled in many young people is that the medicine (inhaled drugs) and the message (education) do not reach their intended target—the lung and the brain. Doctors try to make young people comply with treatment while young people try to make the disease comply with their lifestyle. 1 2

    We set up a mobile phone text message service consisting of daily reminders to use an inhaler, health education tips, …

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