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TB Notes 2, 2000
Updates from the Communications and Education Branch
Newest Revision of
Core Curriculum Available
The latest edition of the Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis
is available, both in print and on the Web. The Core Curriculum
on Tuberculosis, 4th edition, can be accessed as well as ordered
through DTBE's Website at www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb
or accessed directly at www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/pubs/corecurr.
The Web version of the Core Curriculum includes an online continuing
education component. You may complete the posttest and evaluation
online and receive continuing medical education (CME) credit, continuing
nursing education (CNE) credit, or continuing education unit (CEU)
credit. A Core Curriculum slide set is also available and can be
accessed at www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb/pubs/slidesets/slides.htm.
The Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis was originally developed
in 1990 in collaboration with the American Lung Association for
use in planning and preparing educational activities or as a reference
for the practicing clinician caring for patients with TB or TB infection.
The Core Curriculum covers TB epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment,
prevention, and infection control. This document (and accompanying
slide set) were previously revised in 1994 to include current recommendations
for the diagnosis, treatment, and control of TB.
If you have any questions about the online or print versions of
the Core Curriculum, please contact Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES,
Health Education Specialist, Division of TB Elimination/Mailstop
E-10, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (404) 639-5317
Fax: (404), 639-8960, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
óReported by Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES
Division of TB Elimination
Self-Study Modules on TB
DTBE has updates on several products related to the Self-Study
Modules on Tuberculosis series: four new print-based modules
(6-9), a national satellite broadcast series based on Modules 6-9;
videotapes of TB Frontline-Satelllite Primer Continued: Modules,
6-9; and an interactive Web-based version of the original five self-study
modules. Following are descriptions of each.
New Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis, Modules
6 - 9
The Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis series consists of a total
of nine modules that are separated into two separate courses. The
original five self-study modules, released in 1995, play a vital
role in providing basic knowledge about TB to health care workers.
In addition to these five modules, DTBE has developed a series of
four additional self-study modules, modules 6 - 9. These additional
modules cover contact investigations; confidentiality; TB surveillance
and case management in hospitals and institutions; and patient adherence
to TB treatment. These modules were fieldtested with the target
audience in conjunction with the Division of Media and Training
Services, PHPPO, and were published in October 1999. Both sets of
modules (1-5 and 6-9) are available from DTBE. The modules can be
ordered through DTBE's online ordering system at www.cdc.gov/nchstp/tb
or by calling 404-639-8063. The modules are also available through
the Public Health Training Network for continuing education credit,
free of charge; call toll-free 800-418-7246 to register.
National Satellite Broadcast of New Self-Study
Modules on TB
TB Frontline - Satellite Primer Continued: Modules 6-9
TB Frontline - Satellite Primer Continued: Modules 6-9 was
broadcast as a three-part satellite course designed to assist TB
program staff meet the daily challenges of TB elimination and control.
The course continued the state-of-the-art training provided in the
1995 Satellite Primer on Tuberculosis and was broadcast
nationally on January 27, February 3, and February 10, 2000. The
course was designed specifically for health care staff who work
on the frontlines of TB prevention and control, including outreach
workers, nurses, and supervisors. TB Frontline is based
on the four new Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis, Modules
6-9, developed by DBTE. The broadcasts reached at least 7,000
viewers at nearly 1,000 downlink sites in all 50 states, Canada,
and Puerto Rico.
All registered course participants received copies of the new modules
to read prior to the first satellite broadcast. TB Frontline
used a combination of live and videotaped presentations to elaborate
upon material covered in the print modules and to offer additional
information to enhance the learning experience of each participant.
The satellite course featured presentations by TB control experts,
case studies, and video segments from actual field settings. During
the live broadcasts, course participants could interact with faculty
via telephone and fax. Continuing education credits were offered
for various professions, based on 23 hours of instruction. Participants
who preregistered, completed a pretest, and received a passing grade
on a posttest were eligible to receive credits. The course and credits
were offered free of charge.
TB Frontline was developed and produced by the Francis J.
Curry National TB Center, DTBE, and Zamacona Productions (San Francisco,
CA), in collaboration with the Charles P. Felton National TB Center
at Harlem Hospital and the New Jersey Medical School National TB
Videotape Set of TB Frontline - Satellite Primer Continued:
The videotape set consists of three videotapes from the three-part
satellite course entitled TB Frontline - Satellite Primer Continued:
Modules 6-9, that was broadcast nationally on January 27, February
3, and February 10, 2000.
The videotape set contains all 6 hours of programming in the original
| January 27, 2000
|| "Contact Investigations for TB" (Module
| February 3, 2000
|| "Confidentiality in TB Control," and
"TB Surveillance and Case Management in Hospitals and Institutions"
| February 10, 2000
|| "Patient Adherence to TB Treatment"
DTBE has a limited supply of the TB Frontline videotape
sets. State and big city TB programs can request up to five additional
free videotape sets while supplies last, to be distributed in their
area. In addition, while supplies last, individual public health
departments can request one free copy of the TB Frontline
videotape set. These can be ordered by calling DTBE at (404) 639-8135.
All material in these videotapes is in the public domain. We encourage
you to duplicate and share these videotapes with your TB prevention
and control colleagues.
After current supplies are exhausted, the videotape sets will be
available through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
for a cost of $170 per set. To order, call NTIS toll free at (800)
553-6847 and request TB Frontline - Satellite Primer Continued:
Modules 6-9 Videotape Set, order #AVA20848VNB3.
The video broadcasts are available for your viewing on the Francis
J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center Website at www.nationaltbcenter.edu.
Web-Based Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis
The Web-based version of the Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis
is an interactive TB training course for health care workers that
provides TB knowledge accessible worldwide through the Internet.
The interactive Web-based course builds upon existing products:
the print-based Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis (Modules
1-5 and 6-9); the 1995 Satellite Primer on Tuberculosis,
and the national satellite broadcast, TB Frontline - Satellite
Primer Continued: Modules 6-9. The Web-Based Self-Study
Modules on Tuberculosis course was developed to maintain consistency
with past media (print-based and satellite products) while incorporating
enhancements that lend themselves to Web-based instruction:1) interactive
animations; 2) multicolored graphics and figures; 3) interactive
study questions and case studies; 4) hypertext links between the
modules and to other resources; and 5) on-line continuing education.
The Web-based Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis, Modules 1-5,
were released in June 1999. Modules 6-9 will be released in the
fall 2000. Course participants can earn continuing education credit
through the online continuing education component of the course.
The Web address for the Web-Based Self-Study Modules on Tuberculosis
course is as follows: www.cdc.gov/phtn/tbmodules.
óReported by Nickolas DeLuca
Division of TB Elimination