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Txt Now 2 Decrease Pregnancies L8r: A Study to Evaluate the Effect of Daily Text Message Reminders on Pill Continuation

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00677703
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 14, 2008
Last Update Posted : November 19, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Paula Castano, Columbia University

Brief Summary:
Teen girls and young women taking birth control pills may forget to take their pills or may stop taking them altogether. This places them at risk for unintended pregnancies. Most young women own cell phones and use them for text messaging. We will test whether contraceptive continuation is affected after six months of daily text message reminders.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Contraceptives, Oral Other: Daily Text Messages Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 968 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: The Effect of Text Message Reminders on Contraceptive Continuation, a Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : January 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Standard Care
Participants will receive standard care without daily reminders.
Experimental: Text Messages
Participants will receive a daily text message reminder for 6 months
Other: Daily Text Messages

Text message reminders to take oral contraception daily:

Each text message will be a short educational message listing the benefits of contraceptive use and providing instructions for avoiding common medication errors.

Other Name: Text Messaging

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. contraceptive continuation [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. change in contraceptive knowledge scores [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 24 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • aged <25 years requesting OC as their primary method of contraception
  • currently sexually active or anticipating sexual activity within the next 30 days
  • owns cell phone with text messaging capability

Exclusion Criteria:

  • contraindications to combined hormonal contraception per clinic protocol (e.g., hypertension)
  • previous participation in this study

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00677703

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United States, New York
Planned Parenthood Boro Hall
Brooklyn, New York, United States, 11201
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
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Principal Investigator: Paula M Castano, MD, MPH Columbia University
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Responsible Party: Paula Castano, Assistant Clinical Professor, Columbia University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00677703    
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAC1600
First Posted: May 14, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 19, 2012
Last Verified: November 2012
Keywords provided by Paula Castano, Columbia University:
birth control pills
text messaging
contraceptive continuation
contraceptive knowledge