Higgs ES et al. 'Understanding the Role of mHealth and other Media Interventions for Behavior Change to Enhance Child Survival and Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: An Evidence Review'. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10810730.2014.929763 (free access)
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Many of the research studies reported in the mHealth section are randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that provide strong evidence for the efficacy and effectiveness of mHealth interventions while sustainability evidence is weaker... All 15 mHealth studies used text message interventions, a service that is widely available, and can be cost-effective over large geographic areas. The studies fell into five intervention categories: (a) provider behaviors, (b) patient medication compliance, (c) maternal education and behaviors, (d) patient compliance with health care appointments, and (e) creating demand for health care services... We put forward a series of recommendations for research, policy, and practice...
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