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Tuberculosis knowledge among Latino immigrants

Rita L. Ailinger, PhD, RN, College of Nursing and Health Science, George Mason University, MSN: 3C4, Fairfax, VA 22030, 703-993-1926, railinge@gmu.edu and Nga Nguyen, MPH, RN, Chest Clinic/TB Control, Arlington County Public Health Division, 1800 N. Edison St., Arlington, VA 22207.

This study examined knowledge about tuberculosis (TB) in Latino immigrants on Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) therapy. In the descriptive correlation design, knowledge of TB was measured using the TB Knowledge Instrument. The convenience sample included 82 Latino immigrants primarily from Central America and Bolivia who attended a public health clinic for their LTBI therapy. The mean knowledge of TB score was 66%. Knowledge scores were correlated with years of education, but not with age or number of years in the U.S. Questions that pertained to the contagiousness of active TB and how the disease spreads received the most incorrect responses. Implications for public health nursing interventions are discussed.

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Keywords: Tuberculosis, Latino Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.


The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA