Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most important transmissible conditions of public health concern in both low- and high-resource settings, and is one of the single most important infectious disease killers. As part of its mandate, the World Health Organization produces evidence-based guidelines on different aspects of TB prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Since several years, TB guidelines are developed using using the GRADE method (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation).
All healthcare personnel involved in TB prevention and care need to have appropriate knowledge and skills on how to use WHO TB guidance. The training course on Understanding and using WHO guidelines on tuberculosis were developed for persons with different levels of experience in using WHO TB guidelines. This e-Learning package consists of 8 modules, which include video lectures and downloadable presentations that reflect the latest information and methods.
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Overview: Since 2009, WHO has produced tuberculosis (TB) guidelines using the GRADE method (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation). More recently, the WHO Global TB Programme has consolidated its TB guidelines into a modular series, including access to a recommendation map, focused on online access in contrast to paper documents. Evidence-based guidance across the continuum of care is instrumental to the global drive to end TB, a leading infectious disease cause of death in the world today despite being largely preventable and curable. This is enshrined in the WHO End TB Strategy for 2016-2035 endorsed by all Member States. Efforts to keep consolidated guidelines updated as “living guidelines” are important for WHO so that practice is based on the best available, latest evidence.
This course explains how TB guidelines are developed by WHO, how the GRADE approach relates to TB guidelines, how to interpret the certainty of evidence and strength of recommendations, how WHO TB guidelines can be accessed, and how guidelines can be adapted to the local context.
The target audience for these training modules include personnel involved in the public health response to TB, including clinicians and other healthcare professionals, public health officials, programme managers, academics as well as other interested learners including the public.
Course duration: This course should take approximately 4 hours to complete.
Certificates: A Record of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. A Confirmation of Participation certificate is also available for participants who complete at least 80% of the course material. Participants who receive a Record of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.