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Pilot Study of Text Message Reminders to Improve HIV Medication Adherence in Botswana

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01001741
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 27, 2009
Last Update Posted : September 17, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pennsylvania

Brief Summary:
While medication adherence is critical to successful treatment of HIV, there are few studies of interventions demonstrating improvements in adherence. This may be a particular challenge in the developing world, which has a larger burden of HIV but fewer resources than industrialized countries. The investigators propose a randomized controlled trial of cellular phone text message reminders to improve medication adherence. Our pilot study will be set in a large HIV clinic in Gaborone, Botswana, where Penn researchers have collaborated on research projects in the past. The primary study outcome will be antiretroviral medication adherence.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
HIV Infections Other: Cell phone text message Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 128 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Pilot Study of Cellular Phone Text Message Reminders to Improve HIV Medication Adherence at Independence Surgery Clinic Gaborone, Botswana
Study Start Date : June 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

Intervention Details:
  • Other: Cell phone text message
    We will use cellular text messages to remind patients of impending drug prescription refills and scheduled visits to their healthcare provider.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. HIV medication adherence [ Time Frame: Monthly ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV infected
  • 21 years of age or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who do not intend to have continuous follow-up care and monthly medication refills at Independence Surgery for at least the next six months

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01001741

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Independence Surgery
Gaborone, Botswana
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
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Study Director: Darren Linkin, MD University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Harvey Friedman, MD University of Pennsylvania
Study Director: James Thompson, MBA Wharton Business School, UPenn
Study Director: Andrew Steenhoff University of Pennsylvania
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT01001741    
Other Study ID Numbers: 805891
NIH: P30 AI 045008
First Posted: October 27, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 17, 2015
Last Verified: June 2010
Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Text messaging
Antiretroviral adherence
Treatment experienced
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases