Health Care Workers and Tuberculosis Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of tuberculosis (TB) and its implications for health care workers.
# 146504 | 1,433 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 29, 2010 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper looks at how tuberculosis (TB) is spread and discusses the vulnerability of the health care worker population in becoming infected with this disease. The paper examines methods to control the disease and looks at how social and cultural influences play many roles in the spread of the disease. The paper concludes that without a reliable vaccine, prevention, testing, and prompt treatment remain the best choices for keeping the rate of TB infection low.

Agent of Disease
Vulnerability of the Health Care Worker Population
Environmental Factors for Disease Vulnerability
Transmission Modes
Methods of Control
Social and Cultural Influences

From the Paper:

"Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious health concern for many people, mostly in developing countries, but some populations have a higher chance of catching the disease than others (Lawlor, 2007). The population of interest here is health care workers, because they are always exposed to more diseases and problems than other populations are. They have higher instances of some diseases, and they put themselves at risk each day from the various types of germs that they encounter. Some people who come to hospitals and doctors' offices are very sick and do not realize how serious their situation is or exactly what they have, and this is often true of tuberculosis because it is still rather unexpected in developed countries like the United States (Lawlor, 2007). Only around ten percent of people in the United States have tuberculosis, and most of them have a latent infection that does not have any symptoms or cause them any problems (Lawlor, 2007)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blumberg HM, Leonard MK, Jasmer RM (2005). Update on the treatment of tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection. JAMA 293 (22): 2776-84.
  • Dormandy, Thomas (2000). The White Death. New York: New York University Press.
  • Joint Tuberculosis Committee of the British Thoracic Society (2000). Control and prevention of tuberculosis in the United Kingdom: Code of practice 2000. Thorax 55 (11): 887-901.
  • Kidder, Tracy (2004). Mountains beyond mountains: A nonfiction account of treating TB in Haiti, Peru, Russia, and elsewhere. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks.
  • Lawlor, Clark (2007). Consumption and Literature. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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