Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Travelers in the Boston Area Travel Medicine Network (BATMN)

Project Description

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.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Davidson Hamer
Boston University Co-Investigators William MacLeod, Melissa Pfaff
Collaborators
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Travel Clinic
  • CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
  • Elizabeth Barnett, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Boston Medical Center
  • Lahey Clinic Travel Clinic
  • Mt. Auburn Travel Center
  • Traveler’s Health Service, Tufts Medical Center
Country(ies) USA
Dates of Research 2008–2011
Donor/Funder