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Free Content Physician attitudes regarding latent tuberculosis infection: international vs. US medical graduates [Short Communication]

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Abstract:

Tuberculosis in the US is increasingly noted among the foreign-born, with many individuals at risk being managed by international medical graduates (IMGs). We utilized anonymous surveys using hypothetical scenarios to assess and compare the attitudes of IMGs and US medical graduates regarding the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) to identify how attitudes and intentions may influence physician behavior. IMGs were less likely to treat LTBI in almost all scenarios. Educational efforts should focus on IMGs to encourage attitudes more consistent with US guidelines.

Keywords: BCG vaccine; attitudes; guidelines; physicians; survey; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Charles P Felton National Tuberculosis Center, Harlem Hospital, New York, New York, USA 2: Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA 3: Charles P Felton National Tuberculosis Center, Harlem Hospital, New York, New York, USA; and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA

Publication date: 2006-10-01

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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