Journal Article

The Application of Telemedicine Technology to a Directly Observed Therapy Program for Tuberculosis: A Pilot Project

James DeMaio, Lawrence Schwartz, Peggy Cooley and Alan Tice

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 12, pages 2082-2084
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/324506
The Application of Telemedicine Technology to a Directly Observed Therapy Program for Tuberculosis: A Pilot Project

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We evaluated the use of videophone technology to provide directly observed therapy (DOT) to patients with active tuberculosis. During 304 treatment doses, adherence on videophone DOT was 95%, and patient acceptance of the technology was excellent. In selected cases, the use of videophone technology can maintain a high level of adherence to DOT in a cost-effective manner.

Journal Article.  2010 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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