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Smartphone app helps improve tuberculosis treatment

Research in England finds that video-observed therapy intervention has lower dropout rate among patients
Tuberculosis bacteria

Research in England finds that video-observed therapy intervention has lower dropout rate among patients

Video-observed therapy (VOT) improves adherence to tuberculosis (TB) treatment, has a lower dropout rate and costs less than directly observed treatment (DOT), research has found.

UK TB incidence is high and adherence to treatment is often problematic. DOT is standard, but it is inconvenient for patients and service providers. A randomised controlled trial of 226 patients in 22 clinics in England tested how VOT – using a smartphone app and improved treatment observation – compared to DOT.

Smartphones and data plans were provided free of charge. The 112


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