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General Physicians Do Not Take Adequate Travel Histories

Price, Victoria A., Smith, Rachel A.S., Douthwaite, Sam, Thomas, Sherine, Almond, D. Solomon, Miller, Alastair RO, Beeching, Nicholas ORCID: and Thompson, Gail (2011) 'General Physicians Do Not Take Adequate Travel Histories'. Journal of Travel Medicine, Vol 18, Issue 4, pp. 271-274.

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Background: Our aim was to document how often travel histories were taken and the quality of their content.
Methods: Patients admitted over 2 months to acute medical units of two hospitals in the Northwest of England with a history of fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, or presenting as "unwell post-travel" were identified. The initial medical clerking was assessed.
Results: A total of 132 relevant admissions were identified. A travel history was documented in only 26 patients (19.7%). Of the 16 patients who had traveled. there was no documentation of pretravel advice or of sexual/other activities abroad in 15 (93.8%) and 12 (75.0%) patients, respectively.
Conculsions: There needs to be better awareness and education about travel-related illness and the importance of taking an adequate travel history.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 108 Preventive health services. Preventive medicine. Travel Medicine.
WC Communicable Diseases > WC 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 15:46
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 14:37


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