To present evidence-based recommendations on traveling abroad safely so family physicians can advise travelers on how to reduce risk of accidents, diarrhea, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and how to treat diarrhea themselves if medical care is unavailable.
A MEDLINE search from 1990 to November 1998 found 163 articles on travel and accidents, 504 on travel and diarrhea, and 42 on travel and STDs. Titles and abstracts were reviewed, and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews were sought. The Cochrane Collaboration database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses was searched for studies relevant to family physicians.
Family physicians can advise their patients on how to reduce risk of travelers' diarrhea and how to treat it themselves on holiday. There is expert advice on how to reduce risk of STDs.