Pilot Study Using Video Cell Phones for Mobile Direct Observation Treatment (MDOT) to Monitor Medication Compliance of TB Patients
Danya Presents Findings of Pilot Study at East African Health Conference in
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends directly observed treatment (DOT) of TB patients to monitor medication adherence. Compliance with DOT guidelines presents numerous challenges for health care workers and patients, especially in developing countries. Danya, in public-private partnership with the Mbagathi District Hospital, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Safaricom Limited, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mediae, Voxiva, and EPOS Health Consultants launched the MDOT Pilot Project to assess the feasibility of using video-enabled mobile phones to assure patients were taking the prescribed medication. The study also examined the reactions of participants to text and video health messages sent via the mobile phone.
“Mobile phone technology offers opportunities to expand and enhance medical treatment where direct observation of patients is required,” explained Dr.
The MDOT Pilot Project follows the experiences of 13 TB patients, their patient assistants, and health care workers over a 30-day period in
According to the WHO, TB is a highly contagious disease that currently infects about one-third of the world’s population. Left untreated, TB can lead to death.
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.
The 3rd East African Health and Scientific Conference is being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC),
To learn more about the Conference go to www.kemri.org/eachome.html.
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