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Postgrad Med J 89:534-539 doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2012-131519
  • Review

Is it ok 2 txt? Reaching out to adolescents about sexual and reproductive health

  1. Dina Romo2
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katherine Malbon, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, 320 East 94th Street, New York, NY 10128, USA; Katherine.malbon{at}mountsinai.org
  • Received 2 October 2012
  • Revised 10 June 2013
  • Accepted 15 June 2013
  • Published Online First 10 July 2013

Abstract

As the number of adolescents in the population is growing, it is even more important that healthcare practitioners are provided with the tools and resources that can best educate and connect with those patients at risk in this population, particularly with regard to sexual health behaviours. Notoriously, adolescents are difficult to engage in their own healthcare. However, with the advancement of technology and the ubiquitous use of cell phones, emerging studies suggest that there may be benefits to using text messaging within the adolescent health arena to encourage engagement, compliance and improve health knowledge. The use of text messaging has been implemented within adolescent healthcare in multiple ways but studies are needed to evaluate the content of messages, dosage and efficacy of text messaging in improving health outcomes in this population.


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