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
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
- 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