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On the Use of Mobile-Based Notification Systems for Medication Adherence: A Systematic Review


  • Department of Computer and Information Science, Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria
  • ICITD, College of Business, Southern University and A&M, Baton Rouge, LA, United States


Objective: The SMS and voice features are the most commonly documented uses of mobile technologies. This paper systematically reviews existing mobile notification systems for medication adherence, stating the strengths and limitations. Methods: Search was carried out on PubMed, EBSCO and Science Direct online databases. Studies including the use of both voice call and SMS features as notification systems were included. Twenty (20) full text citations were included in the review. The studies reported the various uses of voice-enabled and SMS features of the mobile phone technology and the mode in which the interventions were sent. Findings: The review highlighted the inadequacy in research incorporating notification systems and voice call feature of mobile technologies. Applications: The effectiveness of using this feature especially in rural areas characterized by high population of illiterates and people between the ages of 40 and above.


Adherence, Medication, Mobile Technology, Notification System.

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