Navigation Links
Virtual monitoring could aid adherence to TB medication
Date:9/8/2013

Barcelona, Spain: Virtual observation of patients taking their prescribed TB medication, could prove an effective technique for ensuring patients effectively complete their course of treatment.

The research will be presented today (8 September 2013) at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress.

The new study suggests an alternative method to directly observed treatment (DOT), which is recommended by the World Health Organization. Directly observing treatments is often time consuming for a patient and is resource intensive for outreach projects, which seek to help people who may not wish to visit a clinic.

The virtually observed treatment (VOT) method instead requires people to send a short video of them taking their medication, to their healthcare provider using a mobile phone. After an initial visit to the clinic, this can be completed remotely, with any issues being followed up when required.

Researchers from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust piloted the effectiveness of the VOT technique. Nine people needing DOT commenced the programme. Two people returned no clips during the first week and were returned to the clinic-based approach. Of the remaining seven, six people returned video clips for a minimum of 95% of all treatment encounters.

Overall, the researchers observed 86% of scheduled doses. They concluded that this was a feasible method of monitoring TB treatment programmes in people able to use VOT.

Lead author, Sara Hemming, said: "These preliminary findings suggest that telemedicine can help us overcome the difficulties we've seen in directly monitoring patients taking their medicine. Some people are unable or unwilling to visit clinics for a variety of reasons, but by enabling healthcare professionals to virtually monitor patients, we can still ensure effective medication use without the need for a one-to-one session.

"This has the potential to not only reach people who are otherwise unengaged, but also reduce costs and resources. A larger trial comparing the two techniques is needed to ensure the safety and reliability of this technique, and also determine who benefits most from this approach."

European Respiratory Society President, Professor Francesco Blasi, said: "The European Lung White Book, which is launched this week, calls on countries with high rates of TB, to set up strategies to manage the large numbers of people with drug-susceptible and multidrug-resistant-TB (MDR-TB). This study shows one way that could improve the effectiveness of treatments for people who are particularly hard-to-reach. The outcomes of this pilot study are positive and I look forward to seeing the results of a larger trial."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lauren Anderson
lauren.anderson@europeanlung.org
34-693-807-148
European Lung Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Online USA Doctors, Virtual Doctor Create a New Approach to Help Those with Diabetes
2. Virtual Doctors Help Men Avoid Rising Medical Health Insurance Deductibles With New, Male Orientated Doctor Health Service.
3. Agenda Announced for the BioTechniques 2013 Virtual Symposium on Exploring the Modern Lab
4. Seva Call Launch to Navigate Virtual World for Pioneering Omahans
5. Online USA Doctors, Virtual Doctors Present a New, Innovative Way of Treating Anxiety Disorder
6. Kessler Foundation researcher reports pilot results from a virtual reality executive function task
7. Current, Former Government Officials to Discuss Exchange Implementation in Sept. 18 Virtual Conference
8. Speakers for Upcoming Dual-Eligibles Virtual Conference Include Top Executives from UnitedHealthcare, Amerigroup
9. Virtual adviser helps older Latino adults get more exercise, Stanford researcher says
10. United Way of the Wine Country Gets a Virtual Makeover
11. Sept. 18 Virtual Conference: Experts to Provide Last-Minute Advice on Exchanges Two Weeks Before Open Enrollment Begins
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may ... to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To ... for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law ... magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are ... , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their ... in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating ... of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... is actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging ... the past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than a million ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute ( http://www.advancedplasticsurgeryinstitute.com ), ... official Medspa Sponsor. Dr. Josh Olson, a board-certified plastic surgeon, owns the practice, ... says the decision to support the pageant in an official capacity is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Consumers have ... and regulators/payers have placed more emphasis on patient ... patient support programs in the pharmaceutical industry have ... medications. Consequently, pharmaceutical companies are focusing on becoming ... are providing products and services that improve health. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Research ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical ... structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... PUNE, India , June 24, 2016 ... "Pen Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety ... 12mm), Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase ... published by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for ... is expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: