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TB Notes 1, 2003
Training and Education Materials
The New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center has
several new and revised products available for distribution:
Identifying Missed Opportunities for Preventing TB - This
booklet will assist health department TB programs document the extent
to which their TB cases could have been prevented. Through the use
of a Prior History Intake Form, the TB Case Manager can specifically
identify providers who served the patient up to the TB diagnosis
and points at which the provider failed to carry out TB testing
and treatment recommendations. The product includes guidelines for
completing the form, data analysis, and translating data into action.
Designing a Tuberculosis Standardized Patient Program for Medical
Students (revised 2002) - A Standardized Patient (SP) is an
individual trained to portray a specific patient and to interact
with the health care professional/worker as a patient. This manual
provides TB SP scenarios designed to teach history taking, patient
education, medical follow-up, and working with an interpreter. The
resource includes the methodology for providing this type of training
as well as the tools required for implementation.
Guidelines for Initiating a School-Based DOT Program (revised
2002) - These guidelines provide direction to a health department
for implementing school-based DOT for TB infection and disease.
It outlines the advantages of school-based DOT, procedures for setting
up a DOT program, follow-up with school nurses, planning for DOT
outside of school, continuing a collaborative relationship between
schools and TB programs, and continous quality improvement.
Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Latent Tuberculosis Infection
for the 21st Century - This CME-certified monograph discusses
targeted tuberculin skin testing for latent TB infection as a strategic
component of TB control. Based on a symposium held in January 2002,
this resource addresses how to administer, read, and interpret the
tuberculin skin test and its specificity and sensitivity.
All products are available on the Center's Web site
or you may order items by phone at 973-972-0979.
-Reported by Rajita R. Bhavaraju, MPH, CHES
Acting Program Director, Education and Training
New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center