Osteologie 2016; 25(04): 283-286
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1619024
Original and review articles
Schattauer GmbH

Capture the fracture by SMS

Capture the fracture mittels SMS
R. Theiler
1   Universitätsspital Zürich, Schweiz
G. Freystaetter
1   Universitätsspital Zürich, Schweiz
A. Platz
2   Triemlispital Zürich, Schweiz
C. Meier
3   Universitätsspital Basel, Schweiz
H.-U. Mellinghoff
4   Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Schweiz
› Author Affiliations
This study was supported by an unrestricted research grant by the Qualitouch Foundation, the SVGO and Amgen Switzerland. We thank Dr. Ph. Kress and R. Maag for statistical analyses of the data set and the study nurses M. Balsiger and M. Diethelm for their significant support.
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Publication History

received: 13 January 2016

accepted after revision: 15 October 2016

Publication Date:
23 December 2017 (online)


In this observational study a SMS reminder system was tested to improve patient adher- ence to osteoporosis drug therapy. 399 of 1323 osteoporosis fracture patients could be documented. 66 % of patients who received a SMS recommendation arranged an ap- pointment with their primary care physician. A large proportion of the physicians followed these recommendations. As more elderly patients declined to participate, the SMS tool seems to be useful in younger seniors (< 70 years).


In dieser Beobachtungsstudie wurde ein SMS-Erinnerungssystem getestet, welches die Adhärenz von Patienten gegenüber einer medikamentösen Osteoporosetherapie ver- bessern soll. 399 der 1323 Patienten mit os- teoporotischen Frakturen konnten dokumen- tiert werden. 66 % der Patienten, die eine Er- innerung per SMS erhielten, vereinbarten ei- nen Termin mit ihrem Hausarzt. Ein großer Anteil der Ärzte folgte den Empfehlungen. Da mehr ältere Patienten die Teilnahme ablehn- ten, scheint das SMS-Tool eher für jüngere Senioren (< 70 Jahre) sinnvoll zu sein.

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