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Place des médecins généralistes pour les conseils sanitaires aux voyageurs dans les pays en développement : enquête à l’aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle (France)

Abstract : Role of general practitioners in health counseling to travelers departing to developing countries: Cross-sectional study conducted in a French Airport.
Background: For 60 years, the number of travelers on international flights is rising exponentially. However, half of travelers have a health issue related to their trip. General practitioners (GPs) could have played a central role in preventing these health issues. The aim of this study was to assess, among travelers departing to developing countries from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, the proportion of travelers having sought GP counseling before departure and to identify determinants for having consulted a GP.
Methods: Cross-sectional study based on hetero-questionnaires, conducted between November 2012 and July 2013, in all adults living in France present in the waiting room. Their sociodemographic and health characteristics, type of travel and resources consulted before departure, were collected. A descriptive analysis was performed. Determinants for having consulted a GP were investigated using logistic regression analysis.
Results: Among the 360 travelers who accepted to participate, 230 (64%) sought health counseling before departure. GPs were the main source of information for 134 (58%) travelers and the only source of information for 49 (21%) travelers. Individuals significantly more likely to travel to a developing country without having consulted a GP were young men, of foreign nationality, having traveled more than 5 times before, rarely consulting their GP and traveling to a non-malarious area.
Conclusion: GPs are the main, but not the only, source of information and counseling before traveling to a developing country. This study helped identifying the characteristics of individuals likely to travel without having consulted a GP before departure.
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Camila Rovira. Place des médecins généralistes pour les conseils sanitaires aux voyageurs dans les pays en développement : enquête à l’aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle (France). Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2014. ⟨dumas-01147930⟩

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