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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 3, 2005

Tuberculosis Behavioral and Social Science Research:
†New Releases

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 patientsí 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 Medicineís 2000 report Ending Neglect: The Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States. 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 CDCís 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 following link:

óReported by Cathy Rawls, MPH, CHES
Nick DeLuca, MA, PhD, and
Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara, MPH
Division of TB Elimination


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