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Hundreds benefit from free online course to help diagnose Child Tuberculosis

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The Union Training and Education

Monthly ‘round-up’ news item – January 2024

Hundreds start free online course to help diagnose child tuberculosis.

Fight against child TB takes major step forward

More than 500 people have started The Union’s free online course: Interpretation of CXRs in Children with Presumptive TB since it was launched in November 2023.

Diagnosing TB in children can be challenging and there is no single diagnostic test for paediatric TB that has acceptable accuracy, so a lot of reliance is placed on good clinical judgement and diagnostic algorithms. 

This means there are many cases of undiagnosed TB in children. The Union recognised the need to develop a new course to help healthcare professionals develop the skills to diagnose TB in children.

With Chest X-Rays (CXR) playing a pivotal role within these diagnostic algorithms – the interpretation of CXRs is now more relevant than ever in the fight against child TB.

The Union’s in-depth online course is aimed at improving the understanding and interpretation of Chest X-Rays in the role of diagnosing child TB.

Child CXR

Why take this course?

Based on our Diagnostic CXR Atlas for Tuberculosis in Children: a Guide to Chest X-ray Interpretation (2nd edition, 2022), this course is designed to provide pragmatic guidance to healthcare professionals like you who work tirelessly to combat child tuberculosis in high-burden settings.

By enrolling in this course, you will:

  • Understand how the CXR fits into the diagnostic decision-making process for paediatric TB.
  • Gain confidence in identifying when a paediatric CXR is technically unacceptable, normal, or abnormal.
  • Learn which CXR features are highly valuable in diagnosing paediatric TB and which are not.

So join us in making a significant impact on child tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. Together, we can save lives and work towards a TB-free future for children worldwide.

Dr Megan Palmer, Course Director, talks about the course in this interview.

Take the course today!

Other free, online training resources from The Union include:

  • The Interception of Chest X-Rays (French)
  • Prevent Tuberculosis: Management of TB Infection (French, English and Spanish)