Does reminding TB patients about upcoming clinic appointments, or contacting them if they miss appointments, improve adherence? Evidence Update, Tuberculosis Series, June 2010.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Liu Q, Abba K, Alejandria MM, Balanag VM, Berba RP, Lansang MAD. Reminder systems and late patient tracers in the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD006594. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006594.pub2.
Patients who receive reminders or tracers if they are late have better adherence to treatment than those who don’t.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp