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Pre-travel malaria enquiries to the United Kingdom national travel advice line 2016: Advice mainly needed on malaria maps and risk groups

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Kay, Natasha, Ive, Louisa, Petersen, Jakob, Kanagarajah, Sanch, Simons, Hilary and Patel, Dipti (2019) 'Pre-travel malaria enquiries to the United Kingdom national travel advice line 2016: Advice mainly needed on malaria maps and risk groups'. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, Vol 30, pp. 73-107.

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Abstract

Background
Malaria prevention in travellers can be complex and requires consideration of a number of factors. UK healthcare professionals providing pre-travel malaria advice can access specialist support from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) telephone advice line.
The aim of this study is to characterise queries to the NaTHNaC telephone advice line regarding pre-travel malaria advice.
Method
Telephone calls received to NaTHNaC's advice line are recorded using an online data capture form. All calls relating to malaria advice during 2016 were selected and data extracted. Analysis was undertaken using Microsoft Excel and STATA.
Results
During 2016, 1803 malaria-related calls were received; the majority from general practice and calls were from across the UK. The most common type of pre-travel malaria query was country-specific followed by travellers with special health needs. Many queries related to pregnant and breastfeeding travellers, children under 5 years and travellers over 60 years.
Conclusions
This review presents a large and exceptional dataset and reflects the ambiguity amongst some healthcare professionals regarding malaria advice. We have identified potential knowledge gaps, and as a result will strengthen future guidance, enhance existing malaria maps, and inform the development of future clinical educational activity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 108 Preventive health services. Preventive medicine. Travel Medicine.
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 750 Malaria
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > Well Travelled Clinic (WTC)
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2019.07.001
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2020 01:02
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/11210

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