The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated and made available a six booklet patient tuberculosis (TB) education series for healthcare providers to utilize with people who have TB disease, as well as those with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI).
Education is a key element in CDC’s tuberculosis elimination strategy. To that end, this user-friendly series employs an easy-to-understand conversational style, colorful photos and actual patient examples. Topics covered in the six individual booklets are:
Booklet One: Get The Facts About TB Disease – How tuberculosis is transmitted, treatment of TB disease, and how to communicate with family and friends about the disease.
Booklet Two: What You Need To Know About TB Infection – Definition of TB infection, the Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TST), and why it is important to adhere to prescribed medication in LTBI.
Booklet Three: What You Need To Know About The TB Skin Test – Facts about the TST.
Booklet Four: Protect Your Family And Friends From TB: The TB Contact Investigation – Issues relating to protecting others from TB and what to ask healthcare workers during a contact investigation.
Booklet Five: Take Steps To Control TB When You Have HIV – Vital importance of TB testing, and treatment of TB disease and TB infection when a person is HIV positive.
Booklet Six: Staying On Track With TB Medicine – Discussion of TB medications and hints for staying on target with medication regimens.
All of the above booklets are available in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. To access this material, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/culturalmaterials.htm