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.