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Thursday, November 15, 2012
A new systematic review released this week suggests that motivational messages and helpful healthy reminders via text and video messages can help smokers kick the habit.

Through a review of five different studies researchers found that while a lot of medical care providers already send out appointment reminders via text message the added boost of motivational messages and interactive options made a difference to those in a cessation program.

Some of the messages included polls, quizzes, and other interactive reminders about the dangers of smoking and the benefits of quitting. Those who received these messages were twice as likely to quit smoking and be tobacco free six months down the road.

This is definitely something that healthcare providers should consider. It's a cheap and easy way to provide motivational support for those going through a very tough life change. The five studies each showed varying degrees of success, but with some tweaking through larger studies this could be the self-help tool of the future.


by: DME Supply Group


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