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Self-Study Modules for Effective TB Interviewing

Review Questions Answer Key

Complete these questions to review concepts from this module.† The answers are on page 24.

  1. 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?
    1. No one
    2. The patientís co-workers
    3. His or her contacts
    4. A high-level site manager, if necessary to focus the investigation
  2. If a patient reveals that he or she does not hold a valid visa for being in the country, what should the interviewer do?
    1. Continue the interview and, later, report the patient to the appropriate authorities
    2. Tell the patient you will refer him/her to a lawyer for assistance
    3. Tell the patient about the consequences of his illegal status
    4. 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
  3. What will assist the interviewer to assess the patientís fear, discomfort, hesitance, and lack of understanding?
    1. Nonverbal cues
    2. Proxy
    3. Interpreter
    4. Medical record
  4. If a patient frequently discusses other priorities during the interview, what should the interviewer do?
    1. Stop the interview and try to resolve the issue
    2. Ignore the patientís diversions and move ahead with the interview
    3. Acknowledge the issue and state that nothing can be done about it
    4. Acknowledge the issue, work through to a solution, and resume the interview
  5. In which of these circumstances should a proxy not be used?
    Patient is:
    1. Deceased
    2. Unable to speak the language of the interviewer
    3. Physically unable to adequately communicate
    4. Very young
  6. In which circumstance would a contact or source case investigation not be conducted?
    1. 2-year-old child with latent TB infection
    2. Adult with an abnormal chest x-ray
    3. Adult with cavitary TB
    4. Prison in which 25% of employees have had recent skin test conversions
  7. What piece of information, routinely collected on the TB interview data form, can be analyzed to find links between index patients and infected contacts?
    1. Exposure settings
    2. Names of priority contacts
    3. Address information
    4. All of the above
  8. Why may an infected contact be interviewed in a contact investigation?
    1. To find out to whom the infected contact may have transmitted M. tuberculosis
    2. To identify a common exposure setting between the infected contact and the index case
    3. Because it is recommended that ALL infected contacts are interviewed
    4. To convince the infected contact not to reveal information about index case


Released October 2008
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