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

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: October 23, 2009
Last updated: September 16, 2015
Last verified: June 2010
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 Intervention
HIV Infections
Other: Cell phone text message

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: 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

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • HIV medication adherence [ Time Frame: Monthly ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 128
Study Start Date: June 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2009
Primary Completion Date: August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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 ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01001741

Independence Surgery
Gaborone, Botswana
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
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
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01001741     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 805891  NIH: P30 AI 045008 
Study First Received: October 23, 2009
Last Updated: September 16, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
Botswana: Ministry of Health

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Text messaging
Antiretroviral adherence
Treatment experienced

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 26, 2016