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A free TB resource for primary care providers

By Madhukar Pai Moderator | 07 Jan, 2018


I am happy to share the 3rd Edition of Let's Talk TB, a free, online book, that aims to provide primary care providers with the most relevant information on how to diagnose and manage tuberculosis.

URL: http://www.letstalktb.org/

Globally, we know that 40% of the 10+ million patients with TB do not get diagnosed or notified. In large part, this is because primary care providers, usually the first point of contact for most patients with TB, have little or no training in TB care, and are rarely engaged by TB care programs. Thus, to reach the missing millions with TB, we must engage, educate and incentivize GPs and private practitioners. Education is an early, key step in engagement. With this in mind, in 2014, the first edition of Let's Talk TB was published online. This modest booklet contained 5 chapters on how to diagnose and treat TB.

The third edition, released in 2018, has grown to include a total of 18 chapters, contributed by 20 experts and authors from many countries. The goal remains the same: to educate primary care providers on the best practices in TB diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. All articles are richly illustrated, and most include quizzes and CME questions for self learning. The 3rd edition includes new chapters on MDR-TB, adverse effects of TB drugs, adherence monitoring strategies, and nutritional support. There is also content on how to manage children with TB, care for patients co-infected with TB and HIV, how to read and interpret chest x-rays, and how to avoid common pitfalls in TB management.

Blog post with more details: https://naturemicrobiologycommunity.nature.com/users/20892-madhukar-pai/posts...

By making the book free access, the authors and the publisher hope to make a positive contribution to improving quality of TB care at the primary care level, and hope the book will be widely read and shared.

Please do forward this to primary care providers you know!




Aley Ale Herrera Domínguez Replied at 7:08 PM, 7 Jan 2018

Thank you very much Madhu.

Achilles Katamba Replied at 11:08 AM, 8 Jan 2018

Thank you for the resources

Anete Trajman Replied at 11:20 AM, 8 Jan 2018

Thanks, Madhu. Are you planning to translate that to other languages?

Madhukar Pai Moderator Replied at 12:21 PM, 8 Jan 2018

Thanks, everyone! I am glad our contribution is reaching TB care providers.

Anete, no plans for translation at this point, but open to ideas.



Sunday Chinenye Replied at 4:57 PM, 8 Jan 2018

Thanks Madhu for this useful rich resource . You probably did not see my earlier comment . It appears there is no section on Diabetes detection and management in TB patients . This is quite a big burden especially in LMICs and primary care providers definitely need capacity to detect & manage DM in TB patients . Do you have any resource on that ?
Dr Sunny Chinenye

Madhukar Pai Moderator Replied at 5:02 PM, 8 Jan 2018

No, at this time, we do not have a chapter on management of diabetes and TB. Will consider for the next edition.

For now, the attached article might be helpful as a resource.


Attached resource:

Marcus Zuanazzi Replied at 10:25 PM, 12 Mar 2018

Hello, I am a family doctor. I have been working on a tuberculosis diagnosis network on the border between Venezuela and Guyana. I am currently part of the Respiratory Health Working Group of the Brazilian Society of Family Medicine in Brazil and I am a substitute for this association in the tuberculosis of the health ministry.
I found the book of you excellent, I think you should think about doing translation.
I am willing to help achieve that goal.
My email

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