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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding travel health among Muscat International Airport travelers in Oman: Identifying the gaps and addressing the challenges.
J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2016 06; 6(2):67-75.JE

Abstract

Although the majority of travel-associated communicable diseases can be prevented, the public health burden of these diseases remains significant. Relatively little is known about how travelers know and perceive the health risks associated with travel and how they utilize preventive measures before and while traveling abroad. This study was conducted to determine the level of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of Muscat International Airport travelers about travel health in order to assess the knowledge gap and the need for travel health services in Oman. A cross-sectional study was conducted over a period of 1week using a self-administered questionnaire. The overall level of knowledge about vaccine-preventable diseases, food safety, and preventive measures against insect bites of the participants was inadequate. The practice concerning preventive travel health measures, such as the use of specific immunizations and antimalarial prophylaxis, was very limited, and influenced by some personal and travel-related factors. The inadequate level of travelers' knowledge and poor utilization of travel medicine services highlights the need for the provisions of specialized travel medicine services at the national level and to develop educational materials promoting the importance of pre-travel health advice.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Directorate general of disease surveillance and control, Ministry of health, Muscat, Oman.Department of Communicable Diseases, Ministry of health, Muscat, Oman; Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt. Electronic address: doaahady2000@gmail.com.Department of Communicable Diseases, Ministry of health, Muscat, Oman.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26948720

Citation

Al-Abri, Seif S., et al. "Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Travel Health Among Muscat International Airport Travelers in Oman: Identifying the Gaps and Addressing the Challenges." Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, vol. 6, no. 2, 2016, pp. 67-75.
Al-Abri SS, Abdel-Hady DM, Al-Abaidani IS. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding travel health among Muscat International Airport travelers in Oman: Identifying the gaps and addressing the challenges. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2016;6(2):67-75.
Al-Abri, S. S., Abdel-Hady, D. M., & Al-Abaidani, I. S. (2016). Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding travel health among Muscat International Airport travelers in Oman: Identifying the gaps and addressing the challenges. Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, 6(2), 67-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jegh.2016.02.003
Al-Abri SS, Abdel-Hady DM, Al-Abaidani IS. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Travel Health Among Muscat International Airport Travelers in Oman: Identifying the Gaps and Addressing the Challenges. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2016;6(2):67-75. PubMed PMID: 26948720.
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