The use of directly observed therapy in TB: a brief pan-London survey
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The use of directly observed therapy in TB: a brief pan-London survey

Ann Goodburn TB Nurse Specialist, Camden and Islington Community NHS Trust
Vari Drennan Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Nursing, Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and UCL Medical School, London

Aim The objective of this study was to Investigate Issues regarding adherence with tuberculosis therapy and the use of directly observed therapy.

Method A small-scale survey of TB nurse specialists at chest clinics In London was carried out to determine the current use of directly observed therapy for patients with tuberculosis In London.

Results Responses to this survey Indicate that directly observed therapy Is currently used In less than half the available services In London. Many of the specialist TB nurses Indicated that lack of resources and time were drawbacks to Implementing directly observed therapy.

Conclusion Directly observed therapy was found to be a strategy that was Infreguently used as a last measure for those people who were previous non-adherers.

Nursing Standard. 14, 46, 36-38. doi: 10.7748/ns2000.

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