The application of telemedicine technology to a directly observed therapy program for tuberculosis: a pilot project

Clin Infect Dis. 2001 Dec 15;33(12):2082-4. doi: 10.1086/324506. Epub 2001 Nov 6.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Humans
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Pilot Projects
  • Telecommunications
  • Telemedicine* / economics
  • Telemedicine* / methods
  • Tuberculosis / economics
  • Tuberculosis / therapy*
  • United States