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Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Feb;46(2):117-24.

Development of a tuberculosis education booklet for Latino immigrant patients.

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Public and Community Health Programs, School of Allied Health Professions, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2854, USA.


The incidence and prevalence of tuberculosis are far more common among third world populations immigrating to the United States than among US-born citizens. Immigrants' failure to comply with an anti-tuberculosis treatment can impede completion of care and further confound this public health problem. Barriers to patient--provider communication can negatively influence adherence to a medical regimen. Patients who are unable to comprehend medical advice and do not see it as personally salient are less likely to follow their provider's medical advice. In this paper, the authors focus on efforts to develop a patient education tool targeting Spanish-speaking Latino immigrant patients to facilitate communication with tuberculosis clinicians. A description of the multi-stage developmental processes is presented including conducting a needs assessment, development of visual and written messages, review/critique by tuberculosis experts, field-testing, revisions, and distribution. Formative evaluation and field testing indicates promise for improving communication using this tool.

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