Table 1

Key informants and their tuberculosis-related responsibilities

Jurisdiction/area

Type of interview

Responsibilities


State

In-person

Provides consultation in clinical and public health matters

In-person

Under unusual circumstances, serves as lead epidemiologist and liaison with the local health districts and the state public health laboratory. (Provided public health consultation during the TB outbreak while the TB controller was on leave of absence)

In-person

Provides oversight for surveillance and control of communicable diseases, including TB

In-person*

Provides TB-related laboratory services; is responsible for processing TB samples

District

In-person

Performs TB case and contact investigations; reports TB cases; and advises about isolation

In-person

Provides TB-program oversight and supervises nurse TB case manager

In-person

Issues media releases and manages website with TB-specific materials prepared by the epidemiologists

In-person

In this situation, provided interim management of epidemiologic activities

In-person

Manages TB cases and provides treatment for latent TB infection

In-person

Performs TB case and contact investigations and reports TB cases

CDC

Phone

Provides technical assistance in TB control and prevention to nine states in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains. CDC provides state funding for TB prevention and control activities

Community

In-person

Provides patient care and consultation

In-person

Provides patient care and consultation

Phone

Coordinates hospital infection control

In-person

Coordinates hospital infection control

In-person

Facilitates TB education

In-person

Facilitates TB education; participates in TB clearance program


* Four laboratory professionals provided a consensus response. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; TB, tuberculosis.

Freimanis Hance et al. BMC Public Health 2007 7:307   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-307

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