Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115540
Authors: 
Beuermann, Diether W.
Anta, Rafael
Garcia, Patricia
Maffioli, Alessandro
Perez Lu, Jose
Rodrigo, Maria Fernanda
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-598
Abstract: 
We evaluate the effectiveness of sending text messages to pregnant women containing appointment reminders and suggestions for healthy behaviors during pregnancy. Receiving messages had an overall positive effect of 5 percent on the number of prenatal care visits attended. Moreover, for women who live close to their assigned health center and who have higher educational attainment, the intervention positively affected vitamin intake compliance, APGAR scores, and birth weight. Evidence suggests that reminders are more effective among those who are more able to understand the future benefits of preventive care (more educated) and who face lower transaction costs of going to prenatal care checkups (located near health centers). No evidence of geographical spillover effects was found.
Subjects: 
WAWARED
Peru
e-Health
Pregnancy
Experimental Design
JEL: 
I10
O12
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Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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