Are health personnel the best choice for directly observed treatment in southern Thailand? A comparison of treatment outcomes among different types of observers.

@article{Pungrassami2002AreHP,
  title={Are health personnel the best choice for directly observed treatment in southern Thailand? A comparison of treatment outcomes among different types of observers.},
  author={Petchawan Pungrassami and Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  year={2002},
  volume={96 6},
  pages={
          695-9
        }
}
A prospective study was conducted in 24 districts in southern Thailand in 1999 with directly observed treatment, short-course strategy (DOTS) implemented to determine treatment outcomes in relation to the practical observer among 455 enrolled patients with tuberculosis. Health personnel (HP), community members (CM), family members (FM) and self-administration (SA) were initially assigned to be DOT observers in 43%, 5%, 44% and 8% of 411 analysed patients, respectively. In practice, 56% of the… CONTINUE READING
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