ERIC Number: ED422143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking and Treating Mobile Populations. The TB Net System. Migrant Clinicians Network Monograph Series. = El Sistema de Red para la TB.
Migrant Clinicians Network, Inc., Austin, TX.
A comprehensive tracking and referral network that helps provide continuity of care for mobile populations with active tuberculosis (TB) or TB infection is considered essential for effective treatment of TB. However, the interstate referral system that exists between state health departments has been highly inefficient for serving migrant farmworkers and family members with TB. Written in English and Spanish, this report describes efforts of the Migrant Clinicians Network, in partnership with various U.S. and Mexican public health agencies, to develop TB Net, an interstate and binational network for tracking and referral of migrant TB patients. TB Net features include portable treatment records issued to patients enrolled in the network; a toll-free number used by clinics to provide referral and followup; expert bilingual, binational medical consultation; and a statistical database of treatment, demographic, and epidemiological information on all patients. TB Net has 57 participating clinics in 17 states in the U.S. and Mexico and focuses on the Texas-Mexico border, where rates of TB infection are three times the U.S. average and drug-resistant cases are increasing. The network also provides clinicians with the tools for case management and monitors identification of TB in children. This report includes TB case histories of a child care worker and a 4-year-old girl, epidemiological findings from the TB Net database, a profile of the "lost" patient, a description of confidentiality procedures and the patient consent form, and a map of patient migration patterns. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Migrant Clinicians Network, Inc., Austin, TX.