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Mobile phones and asthma: there is a correlation!

Gaudenz M Hafen and John Massie
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (11): 712.
Published online: 6 December 2004

To the Editor: Poor adherence to therapy with asthma preventer medications is common among teenagers with asthma. This is often simple forgetfulness rather than active non-compliance. One of our adherent patients shared his secret with us — the alarm mode on his mobile phone. He set this to be activated twice daily to remind him to take his medicine. A recent survey by Newspoll showed that about 90% of teenagers aged between 13 and 19 years in Melbourne and Sydney have a mobile phone, most of them on a prepaid plan.1 We have subsequently recommended this reminder system to other patients, who have expressed interest in adopting the practice.

  • Gaudenz M Hafen
  • John Massie


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