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Self-Study Modules for Effective TB Interviewing

Review Questions

Complete these questions to review important concepts from this module.† The answers are on page 29.

  1. What must be in place for a communication process to be considered an interview?
    1. Two-way communication
    2. Objectives
    3. A strategy
    4. All of the above
  2. In order to develop an interview strategy prior to conducting the TB interview, what or whom should the interviewer consult for information first?
    1. Co-workers
    2. Supervisor
    3. Medical record
    4. A nurse
  3. Identify which type of patient requires a TB interview, based on infectiousness:
    1. Patient with lymphatic TB
    2. Patient with pulmonary TB
    3. Patient with latent TB infection
    4. Patient with old, healed TB as revealed by chest x-ray findings
  4. Prioritize the interviews of the following five patients by number, 1 being the highest priority.† Use Ď0í if you would not interview the patient.
    __4-year-old, with latent TB infection and no TB disease
    __45-year-old, cavitary disease
    __†45-year-old, non-cavitary disease
    __†60-year-old, with abnormal chest X-ray, but findings not consistent with active disease
    __†30-year-old, with lymphatic TB, no pulmonary involvement
  5. When eliciting contacts, how far back should you ask the index patient to recall?
    1. 6 months
    2. 3 months
    3. The designated time of the infectious period based on local or state standards
    4. When medications were initiated
  6. What factor(s) should be in place in order to end the infectious period (circle one answer)?
    1. Symptoms have improved
    2. Patient has been receiving adequate treatment for at least 2 weeks
    3. Patient has had improvement on sputum smears
    4. Only a and c
    5. Must have all three factors (a, b, c)
  7. Under what circumstances may the interviewer reveal the index patientís identity during a contact investigation?
    1. To congregate setting management during a congregate setting investigation when written consent is given by the patient
    2. To congregate setting management during a congregate setting investigation when written consent is not given by the patient, but revealing the patientís identity is critical to conducting a quality public health investigation
    3. When interviewing a proxy
    4. All of the above.†
  8. In what three environmental settings should the index patient be asked about priority contacts?
    1. ______________________________
    2. ______________________________
    3. ______________________________
  9. Which of the following is true of re-interviews?
    1. They should always be conducted even if the initial interview was completed
    2. They do not need to be done if the patient completes the first interview
    3. They do not need to be done if the first interview was in the index patientís home
    4. None of the above


Released October 2008
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