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
Does watching patients take their TB drugs improve treatment cure and completion? Evidence Update, Tuberculosis Series, June 2006.