U.S. medical resident familiarity with national tuberculosis guidelines

Post Date: 
2007-08-02
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Publication: 
BMC Infectious Diseases
Summary: 

Background: The ability of medical residents training at U.S. urban medical centers to diagnose and manage tuberculosis cases has important public health implications. We assessed medical resident knowledge about tuberculosis diagnosis and early management based on American Thoracic Society guidelines.


 


Methods: A 20-question tuberculosis knowledge survey was administered to 131 medical residents during a single routinely scheduled teaching conference at four different urban medical centers in Baltimore and Philadelphia. Survey questions were divided into 5 different subject categories. Data was collected pertaining to institution, year of residency training, and self-reported number of patients managed for tuberculosis within the previous year. The Kruskal-Wallis test was used to detect differences in median percent of questions answered correctly based on these variables.

Citation: 
Karakousis PC, Sifakis FG, de Oca RM, Amorosa VC, Page KR, Manabe YC, Campbell JD. U.S. medical resident familiarity with national tuberculosis guidelines. BMC Infect Dis. 2007 Aug 2;7:89. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-7-89.
Collaborators: 


  • Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

  • Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

  • Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

  • Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD