Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Apr 12;18(8):4071. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18084071.
Compliance with treatment guidelines is essential to achieve successful outcomes in tuberculosis patients. Thus, we assessed if multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment practices from 2012-2018 in Uzbekistan were compliant with national guidelines in terms of regimens prescribed, weight-based drug dosages used, and documentation of treatment changes (such as prolongation of intensive phase, change of drugs, and their reasons) in the treatment card and Consilium form. A total of 1481 patients were included. Of them, only 25% received standardized regimens as per guidelines and the remaining received individualized regimens. There was an increasing trend in using standardized regimens from 2% in 2012 to 44% in 2018. Compliance to recommended weight-based drug dosages was observed in 85% of the patients during the intensive phase and 84% in the continuation phase-ranged 71-91% over the years. Prolongation of the intensive phase was done in 42% of patients. The treatment was changed in 44% of patients during the intensive phase and 34% of patients during the continuation phase. The documentation of treatment changes was suboptimal (42-75%) during the initial years (2012-2014); however, it improved significantly during later years (86-100%). Future research should explore reasons for non-compliance so that the quality of patient care can be improved.