When treating persons with active TB disease, our country has adopted a system called DOT, which stands for directly observed therapy. This system helps TB patients to comply with the prescribed schedule of taking their medication.
It is especially critical for people living with medicine resistant TB, HIV infection, and those who have to take medicine intermittently, say 2 or 3 times a week.
In effect, DOT means that a trained health care worker or other designated individual (excluding a family member) provides the prescribed TB medication and watches the patient swallow every dose.
Benefits of DOT
Some people are more lax in taking their medication as prescribed. It cannot be predicted who will take medications as directed, and who will not. Social class, education, age, gender or ethnic group plays no role. However, where DOT is followed, the following happens:
Provision of DOT
The following individuals and organisations can provide DOT:
The provision of DOT includes:
DOT usually starts at the beginning of TB treatment.