Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Travelers in the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network (BATMN)
Outbound travel from the United States has increased markedly from 52 to over 63.5 million trips from 1995 to 2005. An airport-based U.S. survey of outbound travelers, primarily to Latin America and Asia, revealed that only 36% of travelers had sought pre-travel medical advice. Most travelers are ill-prepared for the health risks associated with their planned destinations. These risks include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, parasitic infections, hepatitis E, and other infectious diseases.
The clinics in the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network enhance routine health care by preparing an individual for the health risks posed by international travel. The CGHD is working in collaboration with Boston Medical Center to identify barriers to pre-travel care and develop targeted strategies for improving travel preparation, especially for high-risk travelers, including individuals with underlying medical conditions, those who are immunosuppressed, and those who are traveling to visit friends and relatives. Finally, recognizing that primary care providers see many travelers for pre-travel advice compels us to identify these health care professionals and design appropriate and acceptable interventions to enhance their knowledge of travel medicine practice.
|Principal Investigator||Davidson Hamer|
|Boston University Co-Investigators||William MacLeod, Melissa Pfaff|
|Dates of Research||2008–2011|