A modern plague: Tuberculosis in the developing world

Breakout Session
Main Building WC 231
P, AAFP, PA, NP, N, D, PH (1 hour)

Recent years have seen Tuberculosis re-emerge as a worsening global health burden. Management of Tuberculosis involves treating individual patients as well as protecting community and international public health. Tuberculosis treatment using the DOTs strategy is highly cost-effective, but poorly managed Tuberculosis programs can lead to the development of resistant epidemics. The clinician working in the developing world needs to understand and apply the latest guidelines in Tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment and management strategies.

Objectives

Describe the nature of Tuberculosis including factors contributing to its communicable nature.
Discuss the limitations of various diagnostic modalities for Tuberculosis.
Identify Tuberculosis treatment regimens, emphasizing treatment of infectious cases.
Discuss the connection between TB and the global HIV epidemic.
Identify strategies to effectively treat Tuberculosis at the bed-side.