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January 7, 1998

New Videotape Training Program: Recognition and Prevention of False-Positive Test Results in Mycobacteriology

JAMA. 1998;279(1):13. doi:10.1001/jama.279.1.13-JWR0107-4-1

MMWR. 1997;46:1003

A NEW training program, consisting of a videotape and a study booklet, is designed to help laboratorians achieve accurate test results in mycobacteriology. The program, developed through a cooperative agreement between CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors (ASTPHLD), discusses how to recognize conditions that may lead to false-positive results and provides strategies for eliminating or modifying these conditions. Cross-contamination issues are specifically addressed.

Additional information is available from the National Laboratory Training Network, telephone (800) 536-6586, or from ASTPHLD, telephone (202) 822-5227.