Learn how to translate the science of patient reminders into effective design.


What is the REMIND study?

Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the REMIND study is a three-year project to redesign reminders and notifications for patients with chronic and preventive health care needs.

Patient reminders and notifications are effective at helping people reach their health goals. They remind people to schedule medical visits and screenings, help people adhere to complex medication regimens, and provide a liaison between patients, providers, and the health care system. But previous research on patient reminders has focused on a single health care need or condition and have used a single route, such as postal mail or phone calls.

Using various technologies, the REMIND study aimed to improve reminders and notifications so that patients can work more effectively with their providers to reach their health goals. It also aimed to incorporate the breadth of patients’ multiple chronic and preventive health care needs.

Learn more about REMIND methods and findings

Researchers, providers, and health systems are free to use work products from the REMIND study to help translate the science of patient reminders into design. The reports and publications provided below will give you insights into the values, technologies, relationships, and processes that influence chronic and preventive care in the home.

Needs and preferences of patients and their families

Participatory design

Prototype testing

For more information about the REMIND study, please visit our project page on the AHRQ website.

Collaborating Researcher


Dr. Wanda Pratt, PhD, UW Information School

Dr. Pratt's research focuses on understanding patients' needs and designing new technologies to address those needs.