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International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications
Volume 2013, Article ID 785654, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/785654
Research Article

Mobile Phone Short Message Service (SMS) for Weight Management in Iranian Overweight and Obese Women: A Pilot Study

1School of Nursing and Midwifery and Center for Nursing Care Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 1419733171, Tehran, Iran
2Center for Nursing Care Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 1995614111, Tehran, Iran
3School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 1419733171, Tehran, Iran
4School of Health Management & Medical Information Science, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 1995614111, Tehran, Iran

Received 31 March 2013; Revised 17 July 2013; Accepted 29 July 2013

Academic Editor: Velio Macellari

Copyright © 2013 Somayeh Faghanipour et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We conducted a text message-based intervention for weight management over three months by two months intervention and one month wash-out period. In a quasi-experimental study with control ( ) and experimental group ( ), 80 overweight and obese employed women were entered. Participants were recruited via announcement. All subjects attended a face-to-face information session and received a booklet that contained food calorie chart and strategies and recommendations for weight management. The experimental group received text messages (SMS) about weight management twice a day for two months, in addition to the information and the booklet which they had received in the information session. Also, the experimental group was instructed to weekly self-weight and to send the data to the principle researcher. All subjects were measured for baseline and secondary weight in a standardized manner by a nurse, and the data were compared between the two groups. Experimental group lost more weight than the control group (1.5 kg difference, ). Text messaging seems to be an effective channel of communication for weight management in Iranian overweight and obese women. The clinical trial registration number is IRCT201204029360N1.