A study recently published in Heart found that coronary heart disease (CHD) patients assigned a smartphone app for medication reminders demonstrated greater adherence than those who did not.
The investigation involved 163 adult participants with an average age of 58 years who were randomly assigned to receive either standard care, or instructions and assistance to download one of two freely available medication reminder apps. The first of these included simply daily reminder alerts that were non-interactive and occurred only once with each notification. The second was a more interactive service that included customised reminders and scheduling as well as other features such as refill reminders, adherence statistics, data exportation, and missed dose alerts sent to family members or other peer support.
After the three-month study period, participants who were using one of the apps had significantly higher adherence, as measured using the eight-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (p = .008). When comparing scores between the two app groups, however, the difference in adherences scores was not significant. The researchers also saw no significant differences in patients’ clinical outcomes, such as blood pressure or cholesterol levels.