clinical-recommendations

Testing and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in the United States: Clinical Recommendations

NSTC, under the auspices of NTCA, has released Testing and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in the United States: Clinical Recommendations. Led by NSTC members Drs. Marcos Burgos and Charlie Crane, a national group of TB experts developed these patient-centered and practical state-of-the-art recommendations on latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) as a companion reference to support health care providers in implementing the 2020 “Guidelines for the Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection: Recommendations from the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association and CDC.” See the press release announcing the availability of the document and providing an overview of the contents.

How to Access

The Testing and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in the United States: Clinical Recommendations is available for download at no charge. However, we ask that you register when you download a copy so that we can track interest in the publication. More importantly, this information will allow us to alert you when updates are released, as the document is a “living document” and will be updated as science or practice dictates.

Download a PDF of the document here.

The NSTC’s Clinical Recommendations

  • Put the clinical advances of these guidelines into practical application in the broader context of the full process of patient care for LTBI—from screening and testing, to deciding whether and how to treat, and through to treatment completion
  • Take a patient-centered approach
  • Present current thinking among TB clinicians on clinically complicated situations

Audiences

Target audiences for this document include health care providers in public health departments, hospitals, congregate facilities, and private practices, including the following:

  • Public health departments and TB programs
  • Community clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Private medical practices
  • Congregate facilities such as long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, correctional facilities

Contents

The recommendations provide a comprehensive reference on LTBI. The authors selected topics they considered essential to performing these tasks by considering knowledge and steps required for each task, patient care challenges and complexities they had encountered, and questions that they were frequently asked during consultations and trainings.

  1. Immunologic Tests for TB Infection
  2. When to Test for LTBI
  3. Pretreatment Clinical Evaluation
  4. Deciding Whether to Treat and Choosing a Regimen
  5. Considerations for Specific Populations
  6. Monitoring and Managing Treatment
  7. Nurse Case Management (brief overview)

Appendices include TB test interpretation, drugs used to treat LTBI, dosages for treatment regimens, collaborations between public health and community service providers, and directly observed therapy and video observed therapy.

Future Updates

This will be a living document, updated as the TB community learns more about LTBI testing and treatment. In selected topics, such as COVID-19-TB testing and nitrosamine concerns, where there are major and ongoing developments and anticipated new CDC or FDA recommendations, the document links to NTCA website pages that will be updated as needed.

Additional Resources for Testing and Treating LTBI

Disclaimer

The NSTC, a section of the NTCA, has developed these Clinical Recommendations to provide guidance for particular practice areas concerning latent tuberculosis screening, diagnosis, and treatment. These Clinical Recommendations are intended for use only as a tool to assist clinicians and health care professionals and should not be used to replace clinical judgment. For the full disclaimer, please see the inside cover of the publication.