Recommendation ID
Contact tracing in household contacts and homeless people:- Research is needed to determine whether contact tracing is more effective (in terms of identifying cases of latent infection and active disease) among household contacts than among street homeless contacts of patients with confirmed tuberculosis (TB) (including those using direct-access hostels for the homeless).
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Evidence from one non-analytic study suggests that contact tracing identifies fewer cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the homeless than in contacts who were housed. Depending on the outcome, the research findings could have implications for modifying conventional contact tracing so that it is tailored to the needs of the homeless population.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Tuberculosis: clinical diagnosis and management of tuberculosis, and measures for its prevention and control
Date issued
March 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? N/A  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   N/A