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Self-Study Modules for Effective TB Interviewing

Review Questions

Complete these questions to review concepts from this module.  The answers are on
page 16.

  1. What is cultural competency?
    1. Having specific knowledge of customs of many groups
    2. The sensitivity to and awareness of various factors that shape a person’s identity
    3. Providing education to foreign-born patients
    4. Knowing many languages
  2. What is usually the best source of information about a patient’s culture?
    1. An encyclopedia
    2. A relevant cultural organization
    3. Another healthcare worker from the same cultural group
    4. The patient
  3. What strategy would not be expected to ease communication between an interviewer and patient who speaks the same language but cannot be understood because of a different accent?
    1. Speaking slowly
    2. Writing things down phonetically
    3. Using an interpreter
    4. Asking for clarifications
  4. When eliciting household contacts, what is an appropriate first question to ask a male patient if obtaining information about a spouse or domestic partner?
    1. “What is your wife’s name?”
    2. “Do you have a girlfriend?”
    3. “Do you have a significant other?”
    4. “Who lives with you?”
  5. If a patient appears uncomfortable with a particular interviewer, what is a good initial problem-solving approach?
    1. Change interviewers
    2. Find out what is making the patient uncomfortable
    3. Explain why this interview is important and move forward with questions
    4. Discuss an unrelated topic
  6. If a patient reveals during a TB interview that he does not believe in his TB treatment, but in an alternative herbal regimen, what should the interviewer do?
    1. Tell the patient he can continue with his alternative herbal regimen
    2. Ask the patient to talk to his doctor about this alternative herbal regimen and that there is a possibility that he can continue with his alternative herbal regimen as long as he continues his TB drugs
    3. Tell the patient to stop the alternative herbal regimen and take only his TB pills
    4. Tell the patient to adhere to the regimen that makes him feel best



Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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