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Nonadherence in tuberculosis treatment: predictors and consequences in New York City.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of Medicine
0002-9343
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
102
Issue
2
Pages
164–170
Identifiers
PMID: 9217566
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

In the absence of public health intervention, half the patients defaulted treatment for 2 months or longer. Although common among the homeless and injection drug users, the problem occurred frequently and unpredictably in other patients. Nonadherence may contribute to the spread of tuberculosis and the emergence of drug resistance, and may increase the cost of treatment. These data lend support to directly observed therapy in tuberculosis.

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