Monitoring Therapy Compliance of Tuberculosis Patients by using Video-Enabled Electronic Devices

Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Mar;22(3):538-40. doi: 10.3201/eid2203.151620.


A recent innovation to help patients adhere to daily tuberculosis (TB) treatment over many months is video (or virtually) observed therapy (VOT). VOT is becoming increasingly feasible as mobile telephone applications and tablet computers become more widely available. Studies of the effectiveness of VOT in improving TB patient outcomes are being conducted.

Keywords: DOT; Tuberculosis; VOT; bacteria; computer communication networks; directly observed therapy; individualized medicine; medication adherence; short course; telemedicine; tuberculosis and other mycobacteria; video observed therapy; videoconferencing; virtually observed therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Directly Observed Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Smartphone
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy*
  • Webcasts as Topic


  • Antitubercular Agents