Tuberculosis knowledge among New York City injection drug users

H. Wolfe, M. Marmor, R. Maslansky, S. Nichols, M. Simberkoff, Don Des Jarlais, A. Moss

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Abstract

Structured interviews measuring tuberculosis knowledge were administered to 494 New York City injection drug users, 31% of whom reported a history of having a reactire tuberculin skin test. Medical records review of a subsample confirmed the validity of self-reported data. Most respondents understood the mechanisms of tuberculosis transmission. Three fourths of the subjects did not fully understand the distinction between a reactive skin test and active tuberculosis, but those who reported a history of skin test reactivity were twice as likely to understand this distinction. Forty percent of subjects did not understand the importance of medication adherence. Misunderstanding, based on a recent lack of tuberculosis education, may contribute to the fear and confusion that interfere with efforts to control tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-988
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume85
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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Drug Users
Tuberculosis
Skin Tests
Injections
Confusion
Tuberculin Test
Medication Adherence
Fear
Medical Records
Interviews
Education

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Wolfe, H., Marmor, M., Maslansky, R., Nichols, S., Simberkoff, M., Des Jarlais, D., & Moss, A. (1995). Tuberculosis knowledge among New York City injection drug users. American Journal of Public Health, 85(7), 985-988. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.85.7.985

Tuberculosis knowledge among New York City injection drug users. / Wolfe, H.; Marmor, M.; Maslansky, R.; Nichols, S.; Simberkoff, M.; Des Jarlais, Don; Moss, A.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 85, No. 7, 01.01.1995, p. 985-988.

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Wolfe, H, Marmor, M, Maslansky, R, Nichols, S, Simberkoff, M, Des Jarlais, D & Moss, A 1995, 'Tuberculosis knowledge among New York City injection drug users', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 85, no. 7, pp. 985-988. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.85.7.985
Wolfe, H. ; Marmor, M. ; Maslansky, R. ; Nichols, S. ; Simberkoff, M. ; Des Jarlais, Don ; Moss, A. / Tuberculosis knowledge among New York City injection drug users. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1995 ; Vol. 85, No. 7. pp. 985-988.
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