Teens Love To Text — So Why Not Use It To Manage Chronic Health Concerns?

Teens Love To Text — So Why Not Use It To Manage Chronic Health ConcernsMost parents and grandparents recall the phone being used to talk with friends for hours on end during their teenage years. However, modern technology has shifted talking on the phone to texting all hours of the day and night.

In a recent study performed by the University of California, texting was used as part of a web-based and text intervention program to help teens manage chronic health conditions.

While texting and medicine may not seem like they go hand in hand, the results were successful. Not only does texting speak to teenagers in their preferred method of communication—but most teens have their phones with them at all times.

The study included 81 participants and lasted 8 months long. All participants suffered from a chronic health condition and were between the ages of 12 to 20 years of age. Texting undoubtedly increased the participant’s role in managing their healthcare and made communication with caregivers and healthcare professionals more detailed and accurate.

It also removed the middle man (parents) and allowed teenagers to communicate how they are feeling for themselves. While parents are well-intentioned, they sometimes speak on behalf of their children—or are unable to gather all of the relevant information.

The success of this study has sparked the interest more web and text based health management and reporting tools not just for teens but for adults as well. The University of British Columbia plans to roll out a similar program for pregnant mothers who live in rural locations.

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