Application of Third-Generation (3G) Mobile Videophone to the DOTS-Plus Program in Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Taiwan: Case Report

鄧 穎佳(Veng-Kai Tang), 白 冠壬(Kuan-Jen Bai), 王 錦雲(Chin-Yun Wang), 余 明治(Ming-Chih Yu)

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Abstract

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), caused by the bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is resistant to both isoniazid and rifampicin and is a phenomenon threatening to destabilize global tuberculosis control. Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control implemented a patient-centered DOTS (directly observed treatment, short-course)-Plus program for MDR-TB patients in May 2007. We report the case of a 71-year-old MDR-TB patient who successfully completed 18 months of MDR-TB treatment under the DOTS-Plus program, beginning October 2007. A third-generation (3G) mobile videophone was used to watch the patient take medicine throughout his course of treatment. His acceptance of the program and compliance with monitoring by videophone DOT (V-DOT) were excellent. We conclude that V-DOT can be an effective approach to case management for MDR-TB patients and can achieve a high level of adherence in selected cooperative cases in Taiwan.
Translated title of the contribution3G影像手機應用於多重抗藥結核病的進階都治計畫:病例報告
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
Journal胸腔醫學
Volume25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • 多重抗藥結核病
  • 進階都治計畫
  • 3G影像手機
  • multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
  • DOTS-Plus
  • 3G mobile videophone

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