05 June 2009

Incentives to compliance with medication

The Economist's Technology Quarterly reports on a scheme developed by MIT, and under trial in Karachi, to incentivise TB patients to take unpleasant medication (even after symptoms have disappeared) using a urine test stick system (XoutTB). When anti-TB drugs are present in a patient's urine sample the test stick reveals a code which can then be texted to a number. This then credits the patient's mobile phone with additional talk time, giving a daily incentive to take medication.

[Via Putting People First]

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