Self-Study Modules for Effective TB Interviewing
Complete these questions to review concepts from this module.†
The answers are on page 24.
- During an interviewerís discussion about a work site investigation,
the interviewer should tell the patient that limited information
may be shared about the TB exposure with whom?
- No one
- The patientís co-workers
- His or her contacts
- A high-level site manager, if necessary to focus the investigation
- If a patient reveals that he or she does not hold a valid visa
for being in the country, what should the interviewer do?
- Continue the interview and, later, report the patient to
the appropriate authorities
- Tell the patient you will refer him/her to a lawyer for
- Tell the patient about the consequences of his illegal status
- Tell the patient that his visa status is not important for
the purpose of the interview and that it is not the health
departmentís concern; identifying contacts is the concern
- What will assist the interviewer to assess the patientís fear,
discomfort, hesitance, and lack of understanding?
- Nonverbal cues
- Medical record
- If a patient frequently discusses other priorities during the
interview, what should the interviewer do?
- Stop the interview and try to resolve the issue
- Ignore the patientís diversions and move ahead with the
- Acknowledge the issue and state that nothing can be done
- Acknowledge the issue, work through to a solution, and resume
- In which of these circumstances should a proxy not be
- Unable to speak the language of the interviewer
- Physically unable to adequately communicate
- Very young
- In which circumstance would a contact or source case investigation
not be conducted?
- 2-year-old child with latent TB infection
- Adult with an abnormal chest x-ray
- Adult with cavitary TB
- Prison in which 25% of employees have had recent skin test
- What piece of information, routinely collected on the TB interview
data form, can be analyzed to find links between index patients
and infected contacts?
- Exposure settings
- Names of priority contacts
- Address information
- All of the above
- Why may an infected contact be interviewed in a contact investigation?
- To find out to whom the infected contact may have transmitted
- To identify a common exposure setting between the infected
contact and the index case
- Because it is recommended that ALL infected contacts are
- To convince the infected contact not to reveal information
about index case
Released October 2008
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