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Table 1 Summary of the 6 month DTEXT intervention

From: DTEXT – text messaging intervention to improve outcomes of people with type 2 diabetes: protocol for randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis

Module Description Number of Messages
n (%)
Example message
Nutrition Up to 3 messages a week on dietary advice and recommendations; eating out; portion size; example meal, snack and drink options. 47 (35) For good health, aim to eat 5 serves of vegetables each day. 1 serve = half a cup cooked vegetables or 1 cup salad vegetables. Try eating some with each meal.
Physical activity Up to 3 messages a week on physical activity advice and recommendations; reducing sedentary time; goal setting; free or home based activities; community programs and support. 47 (35) Hi (name), Did you know by walking up 2 flights of stairs per day you can lose 3 kg a year? Are there any stairs nearby you could try? Karen
Diabetes care Up to 2 messages per week on: self-management; completing the Annual Cycle of Care; and accessing health professionals for care and support. 26 (20) HbA1c tests are the best measure of your diabetes control. Aim to keep HbA1c under 7% or 53 mmol and have it tested each year. Ask your doctor about your HbA1c.
Weight management Up to 1 message per week with motivation and guidance to achieve and maintain a healthy weight range. 13 (10) Sugary drinks (soft drink, sports drink, cordial) can lead to weight gain – a 600 ml soft drink bottle has 16 teaspoons of sugar!
Medication adherence Up to 1 message per fortnight with support for medication adherence; filling scripts; seeking advice for adverse effects; and undertaking an annual medication review. 9 (additional messages for medication users) Have you taken your diabetes medication today? Try using a calendar reminder or ask a pharmacist about a weekly pill box to make taking your medication easier.
Smoking cessation Up to 1 message per fortnight with advice, motivation and support for quitting smoking; and accessing community support programs. 9 (additional messages for smokers) For help quitting smoking call the Quitline on 137848. Quitline staff are trained to help you manage your journey to better health.