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Travelers' knowledge of prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea.
J Travel Med 2006 Nov-Dec; 13(6):351-5JT

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Information regarding the prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea (TD) is available to the public from various sources, such as medical personnel, travel clinics, personal contacts, and the Internet. This type of information may help travelers avoid this illness or help those afflicted minimize its duration.

METHODS

We collected questionnaire data from 104 travelers at departure gates for flights to Mexico from Calgary, Alberta on their knowledge of symptoms and treatment of TD and food risks associated with this illness and sources of information used.

RESULTS

Almost half reported they received some information on travel-related diseases and on TD prior to the flight. When education level was controlled for, the mean score for people who had obtained information on TD was significantly higher than that for those who did not have such information. College or university-educated travelers scored better than did other travelers. A high proportion of travelers correctly identified risk levels associated with specific foods consumed during travel, and many recognize that they are at an increased risk of acquiring diarrheal illness while traveling in a developing country.

CONCLUSIONS

Information on TD appears to improve the level of knowledge on its prevention and treatment among travelers from southern Alberta.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17107428

Citation

Johnson, Julie Y M., et al. "Travelers' Knowledge of Prevention and Treatment of Travelers' Diarrhea." Journal of Travel Medicine, vol. 13, no. 6, 2006, pp. 351-5.
Johnson JY, McMullen LM, Hasselback P, et al. Travelers' knowledge of prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea. J Travel Med. 2006;13(6):351-5.
Johnson, J. Y., McMullen, L. M., Hasselback, P., Louie, M., & Saunders, L. D. (2006). Travelers' knowledge of prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea. Journal of Travel Medicine, 13(6), pp. 351-5.
Johnson JY, et al. Travelers' Knowledge of Prevention and Treatment of Travelers' Diarrhea. J Travel Med. 2006;13(6):351-5. PubMed PMID: 17107428.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Travelers' knowledge of prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea. AU - Johnson,Julie Y M, AU - McMullen,Lynn M, AU - Hasselback,Paul, AU - Louie,Marie, AU - Saunders,L Duncan, PY - 2006/11/17/pubmed PY - 2007/2/16/medline PY - 2006/11/17/entrez SP - 351 EP - 5 JF - Journal of travel medicine JO - J Travel Med VL - 13 IS - 6 N2 - BACKGROUND: Information regarding the prevention and treatment of travelers' diarrhea (TD) is available to the public from various sources, such as medical personnel, travel clinics, personal contacts, and the Internet. This type of information may help travelers avoid this illness or help those afflicted minimize its duration. METHODS: We collected questionnaire data from 104 travelers at departure gates for flights to Mexico from Calgary, Alberta on their knowledge of symptoms and treatment of TD and food risks associated with this illness and sources of information used. RESULTS: Almost half reported they received some information on travel-related diseases and on TD prior to the flight. When education level was controlled for, the mean score for people who had obtained information on TD was significantly higher than that for those who did not have such information. College or university-educated travelers scored better than did other travelers. A high proportion of travelers correctly identified risk levels associated with specific foods consumed during travel, and many recognize that they are at an increased risk of acquiring diarrheal illness while traveling in a developing country. CONCLUSIONS: Information on TD appears to improve the level of knowledge on its prevention and treatment among travelers from southern Alberta. SN - 1195-1982 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17107428/Travelers'_knowledge_of_prevention_and_treatment_of_travelers'_diarrhea_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/jtm/article-lookup/doi/10.1111/j.1708-8305.2006.00070.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -