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Pilot Study Using Video Cell Phones for Mobile Direct Observation Treatment (MDOT) to Monitor Medication Compliance of TB Patients
Date:3/23/2009

style, and limited finances. For many patients in Kenya and other countries in Africa, patients are given a take-home packet of one to two week's medication where compliance cannot be monitored effectively. Non-compliance with the medication protocol can lead to the more dangerous Multidrug Resistant TB.

The goal of the MDOT Pilot Project was to determine if mobile technology would be an acceptable alternative for both the patient and the health care worker. As the results indicate, the participants expressed overall satisfaction with the MDOT Program. On a 5-point scale (5=strongly agree), health care workers rated the question of overall satisfaction with the program with a 5, patients and patient assistants ratings were 4.36 and 4.33 respectively. On the question of whether they agree that recording a patient taking their medication was a good option instead of meeting with someone in person, health care workers unanimously agreed with a rating of 5 and the patients and their assistants rated this question at 4.27 and 4.29, respectively.

Aaron Sundsmo, Danya's Regional Director for East Africa and on-site coordinator for the MDOT Pilot Project, will be joined by Dr. Andrew Suleh, who heads the TB program at Mbagathi District Hospital and provided medical oversight of the program, in presenting the findings at the East African Health and Scientific Conference. In addition to the Mbagathi District Hospital and the CDC's National Center for Health Marketing, Global Communication Team, other partners who supported the MDOT Pilot Project were Safaricom Limited (provided telecommunication services), Nokia Siemens Networks (provided Nokia mobile video phones), Mediae (donated video media messages), Voxiva (provided database software services), and EPOS Health Consultants (provided data collection support). Danya, in collaboration with RTI International, along with their public and private partners, will be seeking Phase II fundi
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