Travel health. Part 2: advising travellers visiting friends and relatives abroad.

Wong, CS; Behrens, RH; (2008) Travel health. Part 2: advising travellers visiting friends and relatives abroad. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 17 (17). pp. 1099-103. ISSN 0966-0461

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International travel has become more accessible and affordable, and travel, particularly to tropical and malaria regions, has increased by up to 8% annually. This change in travel has surprisingly not resulted in an increase in imported diseases. Surveillance reports of hepatitis A and enteric fever have not increased and a significant and sustained fall in malaria over the decade has been described. Nurses in primary care are the predominant providers of pre-travel health services and they have an important and influential role in preventing travel-associated illness. This is the second article in a 3-part series on the spectrum of health issues associated with travel. Part one discussed pre-travel health advice, including risk assessment and educating travellers. This article explores the highest risk group of traveller, those visiting friends and relatives (VFRs). The article highlights the specific disease risks for VFRs and how these may be influenced by their health beliefs. The article explores ways in which nurses can optimize the travel health consultation to ensure that the specific needs ofVFRs are met and that they receive accurate and achievable advice.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Research Centre: Malaria Centre
PubMed ID: 19186364


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