TB Notes Newsletter
No. 3, 2005
TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL NEWS AND MATERIALS
Products from the New Jersey Medical
School National TB Center
The following new products are available from the New Jersey Medical
School National Tuberculosis Center. All of these products may be
accessed from the Center's web site at www.umdnj.edu/ntbcweb
or by calling (973) 972-0979.
Tuberculosis Contact Investigation in Congregate Settings: A
Resource for Evaluation.
This resource is designed for use in the evaluation of TB contact
investigations in congregate settings. It provides explanatory text
and tools for assessing health care worker performance and skills
as well as programmatic outcomes of contact investigations in congregate
settings. Three evaluation forms are available for downloading on
Basic Epidemiology for Tuberculosis Program Staff.
This resource provides a background on basic epidemiology for TB
program staff. The information in this guide will assist in analyzing
and making practical use of data, assessing current and evolving
trends in TB morbidity, identifying risk groups, and determining
where to allocate staff and resources.
Tuberculosis Case Management for Nurses: The Facilitator's Guide.
This resource outlines the process of planning and conducting
a 2-day, interactive workshop for TB nurse case managers and is
available as an online product. Several of the sections are PDF
files and, for sections that are designed to be modified, the files
are in MS Word. Contents include Developing the Workshop, Workshop
Simulated Patient Exercises, Workshop Handouts, Small Group Exercises,
and Facilitator’s Binder.
Incorporating Tuberculosis Education into Nursing
This online resource is designed to provide nursing school faculty
with materials they can use to introduce students to the management
of TB disease and infection. Part one is a Faculty Guide which provides
an overview of TB, its pathogenesis and transmission, diagnostic
criteria, and treatment. Part two are modules which contain
learning objectives, PowerPoint® slide presentations, case study
and discussion questions, suggested readings, and suggestions for
clinical rotations. Modules include Fundamentals of Tuberculosis
for Community and Public Health Nurses, Fundamentals of Tuberculosis
Nursing in the Hospitalized Adult Patient, Fundamentals of Tuberculosis
Nursing in Children and Adolescents, Understanding the Pathophysiology
of Tuberculosis, and Pharmacology of Anti-Tuberculosis Medications.
Implementing Legal Interventions for the Control of Tuberculosis.
This resource describes a process by which TB programs can effectively
implement legal interventions to gain and maintain the adherence
of their patients. Legal interventions are described as a method
of last resort, to be implemented in the least restrictive environment
possible, while balancing the rights of the patient with those of
the public. As such, the resource discusses elements that every
TB treatment regimen should include, such as case management and
the use of incentives and enablers. Included are teaching cases
and sample letters that TB programs can adapt to suit local needs.
—Submitted by Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH, CHES
Northeastern National Tuberculosis
Center at NJ Medical School