Does watching patients take their TB drugs improve treatment cure and completion? Evidence Update, Tuberculosis Series, June 2006.
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 Volmink J, Garner P. Directly observed therapy for treating tuberculosis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003343.pub2.
Cure and completion is similar whether patients are directly observed or take the treatment themselves.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2