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TB Notes 2, 2004


Products from the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center

The following are new and updated products from the New Jersey Medical School National TB Center. All of these products may be accessed from the Center's Web site at or by calling (973) 972-0979.

Facility TB Profile for Targeted TB Testing and Treatment of Latent TB Infection: This Web-based product will help health departments identify facilities in their communities where targeted TB testing and treatment of LTBI are most likely to be successful and efficient.  Through the use of a Facility TB Profile questionnaire, TB programs can determine for each facility

  • The estimated level of TB infection and TB risk factors among clients served by the facility;
  • Current TB testing, follow-up, and treatment practices for LTBI; and
  • Potential capacity for strengthening onsite targeted TB testing and treatment of LTBI activities.    

The product includes guidelines for identifying specific facilities to which the Profile should be sent, instructions for completing the Profile, formats for displaying data for analysis, and suggestions for translating data into action. Built into the PDF document are Word and Excel versions of forms and spreadsheets that can be tailored for local use.

Treatment of Tuberculosis – Standard Therapy for Active Disease in Adults (Update): This pocket-sized card for clinicians provides information on standard anti-TB therapy for active disease, including dosages, daily and intermittent regimens, side effects, treatment information, and pictures of first-line drugs. The card is based on the 2002 Official Joint Statement of the American Thoracic Society, CDC, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. A card on pediatric therapy is due out later this year. 

Management of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Children and Adolescents – A Guide for the Primary Care Provider (Updated Handbook and Wall Chart): This handbook  provides pediatric primary care providers with an overview of the most current recommendations for targeted tuberculin testing and treatment of LTBI. It offers suggestions for managing patients under special circumstances and for achieving the best patient outcome. Supplemental information, found in the appendices, include guidelines for administering and interpreting the tuberculin skin test (TST), adherence strategies, a list of high-burden countries, and sample letters for documenting TST and LTBI treatment completion. A laminated wall chart accompanies the handbook. It summarizes key points regarding tuberculin skin testing and treatment of LTBI in the pediatric population. Both documents have been revised to reflect changes in the American Academy of Pediatrics 2003 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Planning & Implementing a TB Case Management Conference: The case management conference provides a forum for networking, peer support, and ongoing training to improve staff expertise in TB control interventions. This manual is a step-by-step guide for developing and conducting the case management conference. It includes guidelines for the conference coordinator, presenters, and moderator in the form of "to-do" checklists, sample letters, a presentation template, and evaluations. The sample forms and letters, as well as the template for presentation, are also available electronically in a modifiable format on a CD-ROM that accompanies the manual.

Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test Training Resource: This guide outlines the steps in planning and conducting a skin test training program. It provides an opportunity for health care workers who are proficient in targeted testing to share their knowledge and skills with others, which can be done by presenting a full-length or abbreviated skin testing training workshop to a group of peers, or instruction to a single individual. The resource includes general information on TB, sample forms, test questions, evaluations, and PowerPoint slides. The format of this resource is an online product available as a PDF file. The forms and sample materials can be accessed using links contained in the PDF and may be modified as needed.

—Submitted by Rajita Bhavaraju,
Chris Hayden, Anita Khilall, and DJ McCabe
NJ Medical School National Tuberculosis Center


Developing and Presenting TB Control Training Courses Toolbox

The Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center (CNTC) has just released a new training product. This TB training and education toolbox CD (WPT-06D) provides users with tools and step-by-step implementation guides to develop and implement TB trainings for clinicians and other health workers. Users will learn how to

  • Develop specific timelines for trainings
  • Conduct needs assessments to determine training needs
  • Create agendas, syllabi, slides and other course materials
  • Handle training logistics and faculty recruitment
  • Issue CE or CME units to course participants

The materials included with the toolbox consist of sample correspondence, agendas and timelines; slide templates, and course outlines. These materials are provided on a CD or can be downloaded via the CNTC website. Visit to order this product.

—Submitted by David Berger
Francis J. Curry National TB Center


Released October 2008
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