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Directly observed therapy for MDR-TB associated with reduced mortality

Directly observed therapy for MDR-TB associated with reduced mortality
May 25, 2017

CDC researchers reported at the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference that directly observed therapy for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was associated with a 77% reduction in all-cause mortality risk over a 20-year period compared with self-administered therapy in the United States.

“Directly observed therapy (DOT) is already recommended to treat all forms of TB, but it’s valuable to have this data on the effectiveness among patients with [multidrug-resistant (MDR)] TB,” Jorge Salinas, MD, lead study author and Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, said in a press release. “We wanted to assess whether the strategy influenced mortality in MDR-TB patients.”

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