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Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH
Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH

P0114 Automated Text Message Navigation to Improve Preparation Quality and Show Rate for Colonoscopy

Author Insight from Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

What’s new here and important for clinicians?

Outpatient colonoscopy adherence is poor, in part due to challenges with colonoscopy bowel preparations and communication barriers between health care systems and their patients. We performed a pilot of 21 patients using automated text messages sent over the course of one week prior to scheduled colonoscopy. These messages included instructional, educational and reminder messages regarding aspects of the colonoscopy preparation process. We found significantly improved colonoscopy adherence among patients who received the text message program as compared with routine care controls. Furthermore, patient satisfaction and likelihood to recommend the text messaging program was high. Similar texting programs are simple to create and manage, and should be considered to improve outpatient colonoscopy adherence.

What do patients need to know?

Timely text messages from the health care system can simplify the bowel preparation process and are likely to help patients successfully complete their colonoscopy.

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Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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