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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 1, 2007

QuantiFERON-TB Gold Education: Responding to the National Need

On June 26, 2006, the four Centers of Excellence (COE) joined forces to present a Web-based seminar entitled QuantiFERON-TB Gold – Putting New Technologies into Practice. This national educational offering attracted an estimated 800 participants. Some took part individually while others attended as a group, listening together in conference rooms. The seminar was funded by Cellestis, the company that developed QuantiFERON-TB Gold, through an unrestricted educational grant.

The COEs used the systematic health education process to develop this Web-based program. The combined COE’s national needs assessment data about the desirability of the topic and the use and ability to access Web-based technology were key to the planning process. Next, the faculty members were tapped for thoughts and ideas. Finally, the program was evaluated to assess the impact of its content and format. The Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center facilitated the provision of continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, and health educators to increase marketability of the program. The COEs marketed the program to its standard select audiences, while Cellestis was instrumental in reaching nontraditional audiences such as community-based providers and laboratory personnel, who may not normally be a part of COE courses.

The seminar featured presentations on the science behind QuantiFERON-TB Gold, a summary of the CDC guidelines, and practical uses of the test in the field. Most participants were nurses, followed by lab staff and physicians. Presenters included Dr. Alfred Lardizabal from the Northeastern COE, Dr. Phil Lobue from the Division of TB Elimination at CDC, and Dr. Masae Kawamura from the Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center. The program was moderated by Dr. David Lakey from the Heartland National Tuberculosis Center. Attendees benefited from the COEs’ expertise in innovative science and technology, not to mention their experience in providing training to others. There was a question-and-answer session at the end of the program, and the Web-based format allowed for questions throughout the program to be sent electronically to the presenters.

Participants were interested not only in how QuantiFERON-TB Gold works, but also in its practical applications. Written and verbal questions ranged from the sensitivity and specificity of the test to how it can be accessed by TB control programs. There was a demonstrated eagerness to learn more and hear about the future of diagnosing latent TB infection.

The course was evaluated via the Internet-based survey service, Zoomerang, set up by the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center. There were 435 responses to the evaluation. The conference was well rated in terms of the knowledge of the speakers, the practical uses of the information, and the method of providing education via the Web. There were comments about the need for the slides; hence, we are providing them to readers: QuantiFERON-TB Gold – Putting New Technologies into Practice - archived presentation and copies of the presenters’ slides.

—Submitted by Rajita Bhavaraju,
Northeastern Regional Training and Medical Consultation Consortium
James Sederberg,
Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center
Karen Simpson,
 Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center
Anne Williamson,
 Heartland National Tuberculosis Center


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