Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation:
Facilitator Led Training Guide
The Effective Tuberculosis (TB) Interviewing Course
is an interactive, skill-building program. It is designed to improve
the knowledge and proficiency of both new and experienced staff.
These staff have the responsibility for interviewing TB patients
and TB suspects as part of contact and outbreak investigations,
as well as patients who are part of source case investigations.
While these healthcare workers may have other distinct responsibilities
in TB control, this training course will concentrate on just one
of those important aspects, the TB interview.
Appropriate facilitators for this course include state
or local level supervisory TB or other qualified health department
personnel. These individuals should have experience in TB interviewing
and group facilitation.
In addition to Effective TB Interviewing for Contact
Investigation: Facilitator-Led Training Guide, this course utilizes
two other resources: the Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation:
Self-Study Modules, and the Effective TB Interviewing for Contact
This Facilitator’s Guide provides the information
and material you will need to teach the course. The most effective
way to learn interview techniques is to practice them. Therefore,
the course activities are practice-based and not lecture-oriented.
We have included most of the needed instructional items. However,
where indicated, modifications will need to be made to account for
local standards of practice, staffing patterns, job descriptions
and responsibilities, and regulations. Adjustments can also be made
to this course based on time available and number of participants
Since this is a one-day course, reading the Effective
TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation: Self-Study Modules is
a prerequisite for the participants. These modules should be ordered
from CDC and distributed to the course participants prior to the
course. This prerequisite will provide important background information,
while the course will build on this knowledge to help develop interviewing
The Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation
Videotape provides modeled patient-interviewer interactions with
teaching points about communication skills. It can also be ordered
from CDC and used in conjunction with the course activities.
This Facilitator’s Guide contains the following
- Objectives of the Facilitator-Led Training Guide
- Adult Learning Principles
- Facilitator Qualities
- Course Planning
- Course Design
- Pre-Course Arrangements
- Group Facilitation and Training Delivery
- Course Activities
- Resource List
Prior to conducting the course, you should review
each section in order to become familiar with all of the course’s
components. You may refer back to any section as necessary. You
should also become familiar with the Effective TB Interviewing for
Contact Investigation: Self-Study Modules. This will ensure that
you can answer participant questions and refer to sections with
ease throughout the training.
The most effective training requires knowledgeable,
skilled, organized, and enthusiastic facilitators. By taking the
initiative to provide this training, you are ensuring that a high
standard for TB interviewing is being set and maintained.