The Arcady Group founder, Bruce Thomas, led the Stop TB Partnership’s Focus Group Workshop On Digital Adherence Technologies. At this meeting, innovators such as Everwell Health (99DOTS), Wisepill Technologies (evriMED medication monitor), Keheala (SMS-based behavioral counseling) and SureAdhere Mobile Technology (V-DOT) were connected with representatives of key NGO implementers and country programs (including Zimbabwe, Philippines, Moldova, and South Africa) to discuss opportunities for experimentation and uptake of digital adherence technologies through TB REACH Wave 6 grants. Bruce and Ram Subbaraman shared new evidence and insights about the importance of treatment adherence to avoid TB relapse. Download our presentation slides here.
We are committed to making the most current TB medication adherence resources readily available for stakeholders in Global Health! Our partner, Ramnath Subbaraman, recently co-authored a chapter in the third edition of GP Clinics “Let’s Talk TB,” a textbook supplement for general practitioners in India.
The chapter discusses monitoring technologies, such as cell phone-based strategies and electronic pillboxes, as tools that can facilitate identification of patient medication non-adherence.
Once identified, the authors stress the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to improving TB medication adherence. More specifically, they suggest a four-pronged approach that includes tackling the clinical and social determinants of non-adherence: drug toxicities, nutrition, comorbidities and psychosocial barriers.
To download the article or read the abstract visit our Global Access Resources page.