Resources used by general practitioners for advising travelers from New Zealand

Leggat, Peter A., Heydon, John L., and Menon, Arun (2000) Resources used by general practitioners for advising travelers from New Zealand. Journal of Travel Medicine, 7 (2). pp. 55-58.

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Abstract

Background: The risks of the destination and any specific requirements for travel health advice may be obtained from a variety of resources. This study was designed to investigate the usefulness of various resources available in New Zealand for providing travel health advice and the extent to which GPs used these resources in providing travel health advice.

Methods: Four hundred GPs (400/2830) were randomly selected from the register of the New Zealand Medical Council and sent self-administered questionnaires. Two reminders were sent.

Results: Three hundred and thirty-two (332/400, 83%) GPs responded. The usefulness of various resources was reported, including Health Advice for Overseas Travellers (277/289, 96%), New Ethicals (256/278, 92%), New Zealand Public Health Report (79/164, 48%), International Travel and Health (41/144, 28%), computerized databases (6/122, 5%), journals (14/130, 11%), and other resources (44/139, 32%). Health Advice for Overseas Travellers was regarded as significantly more useful than International Travel and Health (x2= 4,68, df = 1, p < .05). Only 23% (70/309) of respondents indicated that they always used these resources in their practice of travel medicine. Fifty percent (154/309) of respondents indicated that they usually used these resources, while 27% (83/309) of respondents indicated that they used these resources sometimes. Only 1% (2/309) of GPs did not use resources at all for their practice of travel medicine.

Conclusion: The most useful resource was Health Advice for Overseas Travellers, which outlines the New Zealand recommendations for medical practitioners providing travel health advice. It may be useful for GPs to gain access to and training in association with a greater range of specialist resources to use in conjunction with the provision of travel health advice. These might include international guidelines, journals, and access to computerized databases and the internet. With the recent introduction of a widely accessible computerized database in New Zealand, follow-up studies could be instituted to determine if GPs' use of computerized databases becomes more widespread and whether access to and use of these computerized databases influences the provision of travel health advice by GPs. Further studies are needed to examine the appropriateness of the advice provided by the various resources used by GPs in New Zealand.

Item ID: 26021
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1195-1982
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 02:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 100%
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