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RCT shows text messaging to health workers in Kenya improves patient care.

The New York Times reported this week on a recent study showing that basic text messages that contain malaria care protocols allowed nurses in Kenya to handle 24% more cases correctly. The study, published in the Lancet, carried out a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) in which 119 randomly selected health workers received two text messages each day, containing national guidelines on how to treat children with malaria. The researchers assessed how well the health workers managed their cases, compared to a control group of health workers which did not receive the messages.

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