FEATURESEffects of Government-Driven Smartphone Text Messages on Public Compliance With COVID-19 Preventative MeasuresKim, Suhyun PhD, RN; Lee, Seonah PhD, RNAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Department of Nursing, Nambu University (Dr Kim); and College of Nursing, Chonnam National University (Dr Lee), Gwangju. Republic of Korea. This study was supported by research funds from Gwangju Migrant Health Center (no. GMHC- RF-2019-01). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. The study was approved by the Ethical Review Committee of Chonnam National University (approval no. 1040198-200824-HR-094-02). Author Contributions: S.K. and S.L. contributed equally to development of the concept and design of the study, development of the questionnaire, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and writing the manuscript and providing comments for important intellectual content, and gave the approval of the final version of the manuscript to be submitted. ORCID Suhyun Kim: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3272-114X Seonah Lee: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4669-4613 Corresponding author: Seonah Lee, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, Chonnam National University, 160 Baekseo-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61469, Republic of Korea ([email protected]). Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal’s Web site (www.cinjournal.com). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: October 2021 - Volume 39 - Issue 10 - p 527-537 doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000799 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract The new pandemic situation caused by a highly infectious virus has prompted the government of many countries to strengthen epidemic prevention measures. An unprecedented action was taken by the Korean government by sending text messages on COVID-19 preventative measures and the movement routes of confirmed-positive persons to the entire nation's smartphones. This study aimed to examine how effective the government-driven smartphone text messages were for public compliance with the measures. A total of 489 participants completed an online questionnaire or a pencil-and-paper questionnaire between September and October 2020. A self-reported questionnaire was used to measure the degree of compliance with the measures, the perceptions of the role of smartphone text messages in compliance with the measures, and the overall feelings toward smartphone text messages. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and two-way analysis of variance. The written responses were grouped by meaning. The participants presented a high degree of compliance with the measures and perceived the importance of the role of continuous smartphone text messages in complying with the measures. Positive feelings toward smartphone text messages predominated over negative feelings. Using smartphone text messages in nursing practice is recommended for patients requiring the continuous management of their disease. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.