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TB Notes 2, 2004

UPDATES FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND BEHAVIORAL STUDIES BRANCH

DTBE Convenes TB Behavioral and Social Science Research Forum

On December 10-11, 2003, the Tuberculosis Behavioral and Social Science Research Forum, sponsored by CDC and DTBE, was held in Atlanta, Georgia. The goals of the Forum were to

  • Identify and prioritize TB behavioral and social science research gaps;
  • Contribute to the development of a research agenda for the U.S.-based research community to guide TB behavioral and social science research; and
  • Develop and enhance partnerships between behavioral and social science researchers and TB control providers.

The Forum brought together over 60 individuals involved or interested in TB behavioral and social science research. This included academicians, researchers, contractors, TB program staff, patients, as well as representatives from the National TB Controller’s Association, the TB model centers, and the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention and the Division of TB Elimination.

The Forum activities included presentations from academicians and TB program staff highlighting the contributions that behavioral and social science research can make to TB prevention and control. In addition, patients and health care workers shared their experiences with TB prevention and control activities through a panel discussion. Another panel discussion addressed the need for and challenges of translating research into effective practice.

A key activity of the Forum involved convening participants into “breakout sessions” where they were charged with identifying and prioritizing behavioral and social science research gaps in the area of TB elimination and control. DTBE staff are working with Abt Associates to synthesize the information from the Forum, including the breakout sessions, to develop a proceedings document.

Another Forum follow-up activity consists of finalizing a literature review of TB behavioral and social science literature. The data derived from the literature review will be used in conjunction with the proceedings of the Forum to develop a research agenda for the U.S.-based research community to guide future TB behavioral and social science research. 

Finally, a behavioral science electronic mailing list will be established. The electronic mailing list will provide a means for maintaining the momentum from the Forum and facilitating ongoing dialogue and consultation among individuals interested in behavioral and social science issues as they relate to TB prevention and control.

If you have any questions about the Forum or wish to join the TB behavioral and social science electronic mailing list, please contact either Nick DeLuca at (404) 639-8988 or ncd4@cdc.gov or Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara at (404) 639-8314 or rbk5@cdc.gov.

—Submitted by Nick DeLuca, MA, and
Jane S. Mezoff, DrPH, CHES
Div of TB Elimination

 


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