Contact Tracing (FOCUS, Volume 4.6)

Fee:None
Length: 40 minutes
Description:This issue of FOCUS discusses the steps involved in partner notification or contact tracing, a type of investigation that can be very sensitive because it often involves discussing intimate relationships and diseases such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS.
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This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415).
PERLC

Learning Objectives

Training Personnel

Authors:

Michelle Torok, PhD, MPH

FOCUS Workgroup

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 1
1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Tier 2
1B8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytical/Assessment Skills)
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
2.4. Collect data according to protocol.

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Program operations guidelines for STD prevention: Partner services. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/program/partners.pdf. Accessed September 26, 2007.
  2. Hogben M. Partner notification for sexually transmitted diseases. Clinl Infect Dis. 2007;44(suppl 3):S160-S174.
  3. Golden MR, Hogben M, Handsfield HH, St. Lawrence JS, Potterat JJ, Holmes KK. Partner notification for HIV and STD in the United States: Low coverage for gonorrhea, chlamydial infection, and HIV. Sex Trans Dis. 2003;30:490-496.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smallpox response plan and guidelines (version 3.0). Available at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/response-plan/index.asp. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cluster of HIV-infected adolescents and young adults - Mississippi, 1999. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2000;49:861-864.
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for the investigation of contacts of persons with infectious tuberculosis. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2005;54:1-43.
  7. Kettunen CM, Sunmonu Y, Hodgkinson AL, et al. Contact investigation of a case of active tuberculosis in the community. Am J Infect Control. 2007;35:421-424.
  8. Klausner JD, Wolf W, Fischer-Ponce L, Zolt I, Katz MH. Tracing a syphilis outbreak through cyberspace. JAMA. 2000;284:447-449.
  9. Macke BA, Maher JE. Partner notification in the United States: An evidence-based review. Am J Prev Med. 1999; 17:230-242.
  10. Wilce M, Shrestha-Kuwahara R, Taylor Z, Qualls N, Marks S. Tuberculosis contact investigation policies,practices and challenges in 11 U.S. Communities. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2002;8:69-78.
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Self-study modules on tuberculosis. Module 6: Contact investigations for tuberculosis. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/pubs/ssmodules/module6/ss6contents.htm. Accessed September 26, 2007.
  12. Teutsch SM, Churchill RE, eds. Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2000.
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