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Improving adherence to acne treatment: the emerging role of application software

Authors Park C, Kim G, Patel I, Chang J, Tan X

Received 30 November 2013

Accepted for publication 7 January 2014

Published 18 February 2014 Volume 2014:7 Pages 65—72

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S46051

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3


Chanhyun Park,1 Gilwan Kim,1 Isha Patel,2 Jongwha Chang,3 Xi Tan2

1College of Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA; 2College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 3McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, USA

Objective: To examine recent studies on the effect of mobile and electronic (ME)-health technology on adherence to acne treatment.
Background: With emerging use of ME-health technology, there is a growing interest in evaluating the effectiveness of the tools on medication adherence. Examples of ME-health technology-based tools include text message-based pill reminders and Web-based patient education.
Methods: MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science were searched for articles on adherence to acne treatment published through November 2013. A combination of search terms such as "acne" and "adherence" or "compliance" were used.
Results: Adherence to oral acne medication was higher than for topical acne medication. The frequency of office visits was also an influencing factor for acne treatment adherence. The telephone-based reminders on a daily basis did not improve acne patients' medication adherence, whereas the Web-based educational tools on a weekly basis had a positive effect on medication adherence in acne treatment.
Conclusion: In using ME-health interventions, factors such as medication dosage forms, frequency of intervention, and patients' preferences should be taken into consideration. Developing disease-specific text message reminders may be helpful to increase adherence rates. In addition, a combination of text message reminders with another type of intervention may improve medication adherence.

Keywords: acne vulgaris, medication adherence, compliance, mobile and electronic health technology, application software, telemedicine

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