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Objectives To examine the feasibility of collecting data relating to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), symptoms by short message service (SMS) text and explore the data to assess its usefulness. Study Design and Setting In a randomized parallel group design substudy, 59 consenting participants recruited from primary care to a trial of acupuncture for IBS (ISRCTN 08827905) were randomized to receive a one-question SMS message at either 9:30 am or at 6:30 pm for 7 days: "On a scale of 0-9, with 0 being no symptoms and 9 being the worst symptoms you could have, how would you score your IBS symptoms now? Please text back a single number." Results Of the total messages, 59% (n = 203) were answered within 15 minutes, 73.4% (n = 254) within 1 hour, and 97% (n = 334) within 10 hours. Response rates to evening texts were higher (93.5% vs. 87.6% P = 0.05) and response times shorter though not significantly (median: 0 vs. 5 hours; P = 0.12). There was no difference in mean scores, and morning symptoms varied more. Mean scores correlated significantly with IBS trial primary outcome measure, the IBS symptom severity score, and secondary outcome measures. Conclusion Among IBS trial participants, data collection by SMS is feasible and acceptable, and there is potential for deriving meaningful data from the scores. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Brabyn S, Adamson J, MacPherson H, Tilbrook H, Torgerson DJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Print publication date: 01/09/2014
Online publication date: 25/06/2014
Acceptance date: 06/05/2014
ISSN (print): 0895-4356
ISSN (electronic): 1878-5921
Publisher: Elsevier USA
PubMed id: 24972761
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