Using texting 2 care 4 ur depression

There’s a study that’s been e-published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that looked at a trial of using text messaging to provide aftercare to mental-health patients. After five months, compared to the half of the patients randomly assigned to receive usual care, the half who had three online care management contacts with a trained psychiatric nurse were significantly more likely to feel less depressed, take their antidepressant medication as prescribed, and be “very satisfied” with their treatment for depression. (Read the entire article on Medical News Today).

I think it makes a lot of sense to use text messaging to keep in contact with patients who really could use any sort of human contact, like a text message. As the lead author mentions in the new article, texting doesn’t have a hassle of having to play phone tag when a call is being placed to the patient.


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