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Assessing the risk of work-related international travel.
J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Nov; 56(11):1161-6.JO

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To identify factors affecting the likelihood of requiring medical services during international business trips.

METHODS

Data from more than 800,000 international trips and medical assistance cases provided to 48 multinational corporations in 2009. Travel destination countries were grouped into four a priori risk-related categories.

RESULTS

Travel to "low" medical risk countries in aggregate accounted for more hospitalizations and medical evacuations than travel to "high" medical risk countries. Nevertheless, the risk per trip was much higher for travel to higher medical risk countries.

CONCLUSIONS

Corporations with employees on international travel should allocate sufficient resources to manage and ideally prevent medical issues during business travel. Travel medicine must focus on more than infectious diseases, and programs are necessary for both high- and low-risk regions. Improved understanding of travel-related needs determines resource allocation and risk mitigation efforts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

From International SOS (Drs Druckman, Liu, and Quigley), Trevose, Pa.; and Community, Environment, and Policy Division (Dr Harber), Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson.No 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

25376410

Citation

Druckman, Myles, et al. "Assessing the Risk of Work-related International Travel." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 56, no. 11, 2014, pp. 1161-6.
Druckman M, Harber P, Liu Y, et al. Assessing the risk of work-related international travel. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;56(11):1161-6.
Druckman, M., Harber, P., Liu, Y., & Quigley, R. L. (2014). Assessing the risk of work-related international travel. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(11), 1161-6. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000314
Druckman M, et al. Assessing the Risk of Work-related International Travel. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;56(11):1161-6. PubMed PMID: 25376410.
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