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Effective TB Interviewing for Contact Investigation: Self-Study Modules

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While all TB interviews have the same objectives, a different strategy may be required for each patient. The patient’s lifestyle and the cues the patient provides can assist the interviewer in determining how to modify the approach for each patient. The circumstances under which interviews occur should also be considered when formulating an interviewing strategy. These patient and interview circumstances can be addressed through

  • Providing continuous patient education and asking for patient questions;
  • Reinforcing confidentiality;
  • Addressing pressing life concerns;
  • Assessing verbal and nonverbal cues;
  • Identifying and using an appropriate proxy; and
  • Using social networks to identify additional index patients and contacts.
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