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    Text-Messaging in PSH Feasibility Study

    Formerly homeless persons in permanent supportive housing (PSH) experience high rates of health and mental health problems. This population also reports high rates of cell phone use, so phone-based health promotion interventions may be effective. Methods: To understand the feasibility of such interventions, this six-week pilot study enrolled 13 persons living in PSH. Participants wore a pedometer, received motivational text messages, and responded via text to weekly depression screeners and step total requests. Follow-up interviews asked open-ended questions about study participation and satisfaction. Results: Participants were 53 years old on average, mostly female (54%), and mostly African-American (62%). Walking changes were limited, but participants reported increased quality of life during the intervention. Overall, the intervention was well-received and enjoyable for participants. Conclusions: The efficacy of utilizing cell phones to improve health and well-being among adults living in PSH requires further research, but these pilot findings suggest that such interventions are feasible and acceptable.

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