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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  

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 the website.

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 School Curricula.
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

 


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