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A profile of travelers--an analysis from a large swiss travel clinic.
J Travel Med. 2014 Sep-Oct; 21(5):324-31.JT

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Globally, the Swiss have one of the highest proportions of the population traveling to tropical and subtropical countries. Large travel clinics serve an increasing number of customers with specific pre-travel needs including uncommon destinations and preexisting medical conditions. This study aims to identify health characteristics and travel patterns of travelers seeking advice in the largest Swiss travel clinic so that tailored advice can be delivered.

METHODS

A descriptive analysis was performed on pre-travel visits between July 2010 and August 2012 at the Travel Clinic of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

RESULTS

A total of 22,584 travelers sought pre-travel advice. Tourism was the main reason for travel (17,875, 81.5%), followed by visiting friends and relatives (VFRs; 1,715, 7.8%), traveling for business (1,223, 5.6%), and "other reasons" (ie, volunteer work, pilgrimage, study abroad, and emigration; 1,112, 5.1%). The main travel destination was Thailand. In the VFR group, the highest proportions of traveling children (258, 15.1%) and of pregnant or breastfeeding women (23, 3.9%) were observed. Mental disorders were more prominent in VFRs (93, 5.4%) and in travel for "other reasons" (63, 5.7%). The latter stayed for the longest periods abroad; 272 (24.9%) stayed longer than 6 months. VFR travelers received the highest percentage of yellow fever vaccinations (523, 30.5%); in contrast, rabies (269, 24.2%) and typhoid vaccinations (279, 25.1%) were given more often to the "other travel reasons" group.

CONCLUSIONS

New insights into the characteristics of a selected and large population of Swiss international travelers results in improved understanding of the special needs of an increasingly diverse population and, thus, in targeted preventive advice and interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of Communicable Diseases, Travel Clinic, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24934830

Citation

Bühler, Silja, et al. "A Profile of Travelers--an Analysis From a Large Swiss Travel Clinic." Journal of Travel Medicine, vol. 21, no. 5, 2014, pp. 324-31.
Bühler S, Rüegg R, Steffen R, et al. A profile of travelers--an analysis from a large swiss travel clinic. J Travel Med. 2014;21(5):324-31.
Bühler, S., Rüegg, R., Steffen, R., Hatz, C., & Jaeger, V. K. (2014). A profile of travelers--an analysis from a large swiss travel clinic. Journal of Travel Medicine, 21(5), 324-31. https://doi.org/10.1111/jtm.12139
Bühler S, et al. A Profile of Travelers--an Analysis From a Large Swiss Travel Clinic. J Travel Med. 2014 Sep-Oct;21(5):324-31. PubMed PMID: 24934830.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A profile of travelers--an analysis from a large swiss travel clinic. AU - Bühler,Silja, AU - Rüegg,Rolanda, AU - Steffen,Robert, AU - Hatz,Christoph, AU - Jaeger,Veronika K, Y1 - 2014/06/17/ PY - 2013/12/31/received PY - 2014/03/19/revised PY - 2014/03/27/accepted PY - 2014/6/18/entrez PY - 2014/6/18/pubmed PY - 2015/4/1/medline SP - 324 EP - 31 JF - Journal of travel medicine JO - J Travel Med VL - 21 IS - 5 N2 - BACKGROUND: Globally, the Swiss have one of the highest proportions of the population traveling to tropical and subtropical countries. Large travel clinics serve an increasing number of customers with specific pre-travel needs including uncommon destinations and preexisting medical conditions. This study aims to identify health characteristics and travel patterns of travelers seeking advice in the largest Swiss travel clinic so that tailored advice can be delivered. METHODS: A descriptive analysis was performed on pre-travel visits between July 2010 and August 2012 at the Travel Clinic of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland. RESULTS: A total of 22,584 travelers sought pre-travel advice. Tourism was the main reason for travel (17,875, 81.5%), followed by visiting friends and relatives (VFRs; 1,715, 7.8%), traveling for business (1,223, 5.6%), and "other reasons" (ie, volunteer work, pilgrimage, study abroad, and emigration; 1,112, 5.1%). The main travel destination was Thailand. In the VFR group, the highest proportions of traveling children (258, 15.1%) and of pregnant or breastfeeding women (23, 3.9%) were observed. Mental disorders were more prominent in VFRs (93, 5.4%) and in travel for "other reasons" (63, 5.7%). The latter stayed for the longest periods abroad; 272 (24.9%) stayed longer than 6 months. VFR travelers received the highest percentage of yellow fever vaccinations (523, 30.5%); in contrast, rabies (269, 24.2%) and typhoid vaccinations (279, 25.1%) were given more often to the "other travel reasons" group. CONCLUSIONS: New insights into the characteristics of a selected and large population of Swiss international travelers results in improved understanding of the special needs of an increasingly diverse population and, thus, in targeted preventive advice and interventions. SN - 1708-8305 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24934830/A_profile_of_travelers__an_analysis_from_a_large_swiss_travel_clinic_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/jtm/article-lookup/doi/10.1111/jtm.12139 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -