Tuberculosis therapy and telemedicine

Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2002 Sep;3(9):1283-8. doi: 10.1517/14656566.3.9.1283.


Directly observed therapy (DOT) ensures patient adherence through the administration of medications by trained health department personnel. This approach has been widely adopted in tuberculosis care. Unfortunately, DOT programs require a substantial commitment of scarce public health funds and personnel time. The application of telemedicine to DOT promises considerable cost and time savings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Telemedicine / economics
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Telemedicine / trends
  • Tuberculosis / economics
  • Tuberculosis / therapy*