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:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... LELO has ... Every day, LELO fans reach out via email, social media and on the Volonté ... up: “Is the way I masturbate ‘normal’ or ‘correct’?” , While some methods are ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... in all U.S. states and certain Canadian provinces is now available from the ... Research Institute (WCRI). , The report, Workers’ Compensation Laws as of ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Long Island’s fastest growing comprehensive eye care provider, North ... Kathleen Van Valkenburg, MD as part of their ongoing effort to increase ophthalmic coverage ... managing partner of North Shore Eye Care. , “We are extremely proud to ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... resources for veterinary professionals across the United States. The whole food nutrient solutions ... their patients and giving dog, cat and horse owners’ peace of mind. With ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Woodinville, WA (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 ... ... better user experience, adapted to people’s every day living patterns, Amerec, a Seattle-based ... easy-to-use computer and smart phone app. , The user interface of the app, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... has acquired a major investment from Sino-German High-Tech Fund to further expand product development, strengthen its disease modeling capabilities ... ... ... ... ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Ore. , May 3, 2016   ... medical technology, today announced Food and Drug Administration ... resynchronization defibrillator that provides heart failure patients with ... Iperia devices also have remote monitoring with daily ... adapts the heart rate in response to physiological ...
(Date:5/3/2016)...   Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it is celebrating Hepatitis Awareness Month ... patients who tell their personal story and encourage those at risk to get tested and ... C ... ... Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy (PRNewsFoto/Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc.) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: