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Bowel preparation is critical to a successful colonoscopy. Can the delivery of bowel preparation instructions via a mobile social media app improve bowel preparation?

In a study by Kang X et al, 770 patients were assigned to standard education along with delivery of interactive information via Wechat (n=387) or standard education (n=383). Bowel preparation was rated using the Ottawa scoring system.

The result: Compared to standard education, the group that received social media instructions had more adequate bowel preparation (82.2% vs. 69.5%, p<.001); more cecal intubation (97.2% vs. 93.2%, p=.014); and more adenomatous polyps detected (18.6% vs. 12.0%, p=.012).

Take Home Point: Interactive instructional messages via a mobile social media app can improve bowel preparation for colonoscopy.  


Kang X et al.  Delivery of Instructions via Mobile Social Media App Increases Quality of Bowel Preparation.   Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Oct 20. pii: S1542-3565(15)01410-X. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2015.09.038.