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dc.contributor.authorFriedli, Karin
dc.contributor.authorWyler, Naomi
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Samira
dc.contributor.authorBoddington, Nicola
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Claire
dc.contributor.authorLankester, Ted
dc.identifier.citationFriedli , K , Wyler , N , Green , S , Boddington , N , Davies , C & Lankester , T 2012 , ' Travel related illness in short-term volunteers from the UK to developing countries. ' , Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease , vol. 10 , no. 4 , pp. 172-8 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 1053101
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 7a843065-5b00-407a-a343-2f10f4af6666
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84865497985
dc.description.abstractPeople of all ages volunteer in developing countries, but little is known about the health risks they face. InterHealth, a travel clinic, provides a health screening service for short-term overseas volunteers. A cross-sectional study design was used to analyse 413 post-travel health questionnaires completed between February and November 2009. The sample consisted of volunteers who worked on short-term projects in developing countries for a variety of non-governmental organisations. At least one sick day was taken by 137 (33.2%) participants. Medical care was accessed by 39 (9.6%) participants, and standby medication was used by 87 (21.6%) participants. Diarrhoea, especially amongst those aged under 20 or who visited Latin America, was the most commonly reported health problem (95; 23.9%). Possible exposure to schistosomiasis was reported by 56 (13.8%) participants, mostly from East Africa. Upon return, the majority of participants (371; 91.2%) reported feeling well. The findings of this study show the importance of tailored post-travel health screening for short-term overseas volunteers. This study may help to tailor pre-departure travel health consultations for this group, particularly around food hygiene, hand washing and potential exposure to infection, but further research is needed to assess the impact of pre-travel health advice.en
dc.relation.ispartofTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
dc.subjectTravel overseas, volunteers
dc.titleTravel related illness in short-term volunteers from the UK to developing countries.en
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Psychology
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Lifespan and Chronic Illness Research
dc.contributor.institutionHealth Services and Medicine
dc.contributor.institutionHealth and Clinical Psychology group
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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