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Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation: Facilitator Led Training Guide



The TB interview is a crucial aspect of the contact investigation process. As a result of this interview, contacts are identified, medically evaluated, and treated for active disease or latent TB infection. This process is vital to TB elimination goals.

The TB interview is not simply a process of asking a patient questions or reviewing existing educational materials. It involves relationship and trust building, ongoing problem solving, needs-based education, and evaluation of collected information. Practice and training are necessary to build the skills required for conducting a TB interview, accomplish its objectives, and maintain a trusting relationship with the patient.

This guide describes the methods and contains materials for conducting a training course on TB interviewing. It utilizes three components:

  • Self-Study Modules
  • Facilitator-Led Training Guide
  • Training Videotape (can be ordered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination).

These resources can assist in the training of individuals who conduct TB interviews. These tools were carefully developed over a period of time during which existing TB interviewing materials were analyzed and best practices and gaps were identified. Expert TB control supervisors and trainers, as well as numerous interviewers from all over the country, were consulted regarding course content, effective training methods, and practicality of use.

This course has been designed to address identified gaps in TB interviewing education and training materials. In addition, the interview methods discussed in this guide are based on successful educational practices used in various disciplines, not just TB control. While no training resource can substitute for actually observing experienced interviewers and conducting interviews oneself, this course can provide a solid foundation from which quality skills can develop.


Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
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