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Self-Study Modules for Effective TB Interviewing


Culture – the variables and life events that contribute to a person’s beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors.

Cultural competency – the sensitivity to, and awareness of, various factors that shape a person’s identity.

Epidemiology – the study of the distribution and causes of disease and other health problems in different groups of people.

Health beliefs – one’s attitude or understanding of the cause or cure of an illness or condition.

Joint family – two or more families living in the same household.

Significant other – a person of extreme importance to a patient, usually a love interest or spouse.  Person may live in the same household or live in another household but spend a great deal of time with the index patient.


Released October 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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