According to a new study, the findings of which were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Text4baby is seeing continued growth among military women with babies on the way.
Text4baby is an mHealth program that enables text messages to be delivered to pregnant women and new mothers to not only improve their health care beliefs, engagement, and awareness, but to also benefit clinical outcomes.
“Recent evaluations of Text4baby have found that it improves targeted health attitudes and beliefs, but effects on behavior have not yet been determined,” the report summary reads.
In this particular study, investigators aimed to evaluate Text4baby in the military women’s population.
Investigators conducted a randomized controlled trial at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, from December 2011 through September 2013. All participants were pregnant women first presenting for care at Madigan.
Based on the results shared by JMIR
In the model adjusting for age, marital status, having had a previous baby, and race/ethnicity, there was a significant effect of Text4baby intervention exposure on increased agreement with belief in the importance of taking prenatal vitamins… All of these attitudes had been targeted by at least one text message during the 4-week evaluation period examined in this study.
In unadjusted models, there was a significant effect of intervention exposure on belief in the importance of visiting a health care provider to be a healthy new mother… and in the health risks of alcohol during pregnancy… No behavioral effects of the intervention were observed in this analysis.
“Text4baby is a promising program that offers lessons for future mHealth activities,” the report reads. “This large-scale study demonstrated initial effects of the program on attitudes and beliefs targeted by the messages received by women during the study period. Results confirm previous findings from Text4baby studies and other mHealth research. Future analyses will examine dosage effects of the intervention on behaviors and clinical outcomes.”
To learn more about the study and its findings, click here.