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Mobile phone messaging delivering encouragement, reminders and education increases patient compliance with recommended exercise and results in positive short-term health behaviours
  1. Christina Hurlock-Chorostecki
  1. Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University Faculty of Health Sciences, London, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christina Hurlock-Chorostecki, Western University Faculty of Health Sciences,Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, London, Ontario, Canada; churlock{at}uwo.ca

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Commentary on: Chen H, Chuang T, Lin P, et al. Effects of messages delivered by mobile phone on increasing compliance with shoulder exercises among patients with a frozen shoulder. J of Nursing Scholarship 2017;49:429-37.

Implications for practice and research

  • The use of messaging platforms by clinics and hospitals to deliver encouragement, reminders and education increases patient compliance with recommended exercise and results in positive short-term health behaviours.

  • With short-term health behaviour change clearly identified, further research should consider how to use mobile devices to promote sustained change.

  • Technology and its uptake is expanding, and continued research on best approaches for health messaging and reminders is needed.

Context

Mobile phone communication is growing rapidly across the globe with 7.6 billion subscriptions reported worldwide in 2017.1 There is quality evidence supporting the use of mobile phone communication by healthcare providers …

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