Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Directly Observed Therapy (DOT)
Directly observed therapy (DOT) is done when it is very important
that a person takes every dose of medicine. For DOT, a health professional
watches each time a person takes his or medicine.
During DOT, a person must go to a hospital, clinic, or doctor's
office to take the medicine. Or a health professional may come to the person's
home, workplace, or other location to make sure that he or she takes the
DOT often is done when treating diseases that are easily spread to
other people, such as tuberculosis (TB). Studies have shown that DOT improves
the success of TB treatment. DOT may also be done during clinical trials to
find out whether a medicine works against a certain disease.
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.