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SETTING: Measures known to improve adherence such as short course chemoprophylaxis and directly observed therapy can be enhanced to a significant extent by the use of incentives. Adherence to tuberculosis therapy is influenced by several factors, including the health care system, complexity of therapeutic regimens and patient's characteristics. Individual factors that negatively influence patient's adherence are the most difficult to counter. Preventive tuberculosis therapy is doubly challenging because the benefit of treatment is not felt, while toxicity from the medication, when it occurs, is experienced immediately. Ingenious incentives therefore have to make it worth the patient's while. During a study on preventive regimens, a request for an incentive, Sustacal®, was observed to help completion of preventive regimens. Components of individual TB programs may help in patient adherence; it is important for health care staff to identify these aspects and, if they are successful, utilize these as an incentive to complete treatment.

Keywords: adherence; compliance; enablers; incentive; prophylaxis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center, Department of Medicine and Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Publication date: 1997-12-01

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