TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2005
Tuberculosis Behavioral and Social Science Research:
Proceedings of the Forum
- How well do patients understand latent TB infection and TB
disease? Is knowledge associated with adherence?
- What are some ways to reduce perceived TB stigma among patients
and their families?
- Does being culturally competent make a difference? How can health
departments become sensitive to patients’ needs without stereotyping?
- What provider behaviors best prevent TB outbreaks? How can they
reduce diagnostic delay in patients with TB?
These research questions and many more were generated by participants
at the Tuberculosis Behavioral and Social Science Research Forum:
Planting the Seeds for Future Research. In December 2003, DTBE
convened the Forum in Atlanta, Georgia,
to address the need for further TB behavioral and social science
(BSS) research, as called for in the Institute of Medicine’s 2000
report Ending Neglect: The Elimination of Tuberculosis in the
The Forum brought together over 60 academicians, researchers, TB
controllers and program staff, and CDC representatives. The goals
of the Forum were to identify and prioritize TB BSS research gaps,
and to foster productive partnerships and ongoing communications
between national, state, and local governmental and nongovernmental
BSS researchers focusing on TB.
BSS research has the potential to significantly strengthen efforts
to prevent and control the spread of TB. Research is needed to understand
the behaviors of both patients and providers, and the impact of
their actions on TB-related care seeking, diagnosis, treatment success,
and prevention. In addition, research focusing on the health care
service delivery system and its organizational structure will further
inform this research by providing the context within which patients
and providers operate.
The newly-released Forum Proceedings document includes summaries
of presentations and discussions, as well as a synthesis of research
needs and priorities identified by attendees. The information gathered
from the Forum reaffirmed the ongoing need for BSS research to improve
TB prevention and control. It is CDC’s hope that the Forum Proceedings
will be widely used to plan BSS research and programmatic activities
to enhance TB prevention and control.
To view the Forum Proceedings, go to the following link:
(Print versions will be made available upon request.)
Tuberculosis Behavioral and
Social Science electronic mailing list Launched
DTBE and the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)
launched the TB Behavioral and Social Science (TBSS) electronic mailing list in
April 2005. The purpose of the TBSS electronic mailing list is to provide an unmoderated
forum for exchanging information and discussing topics related to
behavioral and social science issues pertinent to TB control. The
electronic mailing list will facilitate communication among subscribers on current
TBSS research activities, literature, resources, meetings, funding
opportunities, and other relevant information.
To join the TB Behavioral and Social Science electronic mailing list, go to the
—Reported by Cathy Rawls, MPH, CHES
Nick DeLuca, MA, PhD, and
Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara, MPH
Division of TB Elimination