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    Effects of DOT on LA TB Patients

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    A 19 page research paper that is intended as a guide to a student researching the effect of directly observed therapy (DOT) on tuberculosis (TB) patients. This guide encompasses only the first three chapters of the hypothetical study, that is, from the introduction through the description of the methodology. A literature review is also included. Bibliography lists 18 sources.

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    that effectively fight this once prevalent cause of morality. However, there were over 13,000 reported cases of TB in the U.S. in 2007 and, of these, 20 percent were reported  by the State of California. As these statistics indicate, TB in the contemporary era is a very real threat to public health, particularly in the developing countries. While effective TB  therapies are existent, the success of therapy is highly dependent on strict patient compliance with a prescribed regimen. The achievement of a high level of positive patient outcomes is  contingent, therefore, on formulating strategies that improve patient compliance and nurses play a prominent role in this aspect of TB treatment. Nurses, in addition to fulfilling their roles as  health practitioners, also frequently provide a source for valuable emotional support that serves to improve patient compliance with prescribed regimens, as nursing care provides support both for their patients  and their patients families (Skilbeck and Payne, 2003). This factor is applicable to both "acute and chronic physical" conditions, as well as mental problems (Chatco, et al, 2006, p. 254).  The way in which patients perceive the emotional support offered by nurses has been shown by research to entail multiple benefits, including improved client behaviors in regards to adherence issues.  Patient adherence to a prescribed chemotherapy is particularly crucial to the goal of positive patient outcomes in regards to treatment for tuberculosis (TB), as failure to comply can result not  only in endangering the life of a particular patient, but also the status of public health, as active pulmonary TB cases are highly contagious. It has been estimated that  roughly one-third of the global population are infected with the bacteria that causes TB (Chatco, et al, 2006). The World Health Organization (WHO) states that TB is the responsible agent 

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