1364. How Acceptable Is A Wireless Pill Bottle That Monitors and Texts In Response To Missed Doses: Focus Groups With Young African American MSM Living With HIV
Session: Poster Abstract Session: HIV Care Continuum
Friday, October 6, 2017
Room: Poster Hall CD
Background: African American MSM (AAMSM) living with HIV are less likely to have viral suppression than other racial groups. Wisepill, a wireless pill bottle, transmits a cellular signal to a server when opened and is designed to measure antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence. The objective of this study was to explore the acceptability of a proposed intervention in these young AAMSM using the Wisepill device opening data to trigger a real-time text alert that ART may not have been taken during a planned time to either the user, a trusted social contact, or a healthcare worker, depending on the duration of consecutively missed doses (1 dose, 3 doses, 7 doses, respectively).

Methods: From December 2016 – May 2017, AAMSM living with HIV age 18-34 years (N = 25) participated in a study that included five focus groups (n=23) and one on one interviews (n=2). We performed theory-based discussion grounded in the Technology Acceptance Model. Specifically, we explored usefulness, convenience, concerns, and intention to use.

Results: Fifty-two percent missed at least one dose in the 4 days prior to the focus group meeting. Almost all participants (94%) favored the idea of a wireless pill bottle monitor and linked text message notification that ART may have been missed. The device was considered convenient for use at home or in a backpack, but too large for a pocket. Stigma and privacy were common concerns. For example, participants did not want to carry the device with them if the pills would “sound like a walking pharmacy” and did not want a text message that said, “You missed your HIV meds.” They preferred text message notifications that ranged from emoji icons to cryptic short texts and wanted to receive an email as a backup plan. Most believed that the device appearance would not gain unwanted attention. Thirty percent of the participants identified a partner as a social contact to whom the 3-day missed dose reminders would be sent whereas others designated their mother, aunt, brother, friend, pastor, and case-manager.

Conclusion: An adherence intervention using a wireless pill bottle monitoring device linked to text notifications was acceptable to most of the young AAMSM in this study. Acceptability may be enhanced by personalization of the responsive text messages and a backup email option.

Mark Dworkin, MD1, Palak Panchal, MPH2, Antonio Jimenez, PhD2, Robert Garofalo, MD3, Jessica E. Haberer, MD, MS4 and Wayne Wiebel, PhD2, (1)Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, (2)University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, (3)Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, (4)Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


M. Dworkin, None

P. Panchal, None

A. Jimenez, None

R. Garofalo, None

J. E. Haberer, Merck: Consultant , Consulting fee
Natera: Shareholder , Stock ownership

W. Wiebel, None

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