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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

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ROBLES GARCIA, M.ª Belén. The international traveler profile: working purpose as a reason for travel. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2016, vol.62, n.245, pp.293-303. ISSN 1989-7790.

Objectives: describe the study population and compare the travelling work purpose with recreational and Visiting Friends or Relatives (VFRs) to assess whether there is a different risk health profile. Methodology: study of the variables age, gender, length of stay, purpose, destination and chemoprophylaxis recommended in travelers attending the Pre-travel Consultation Clinic of Asturias (Spain) between 2008 and 2016. A total of 9,527 (89. 83%) travelers met inclusion criteria (>18 years old). Results: in 2013 the working purpose was 43. 85% of all international travel reasons. Most of the workers (70. 89%) were men (p=0. 00), younger than tourists (38 vs 40 years; p=0.00) or VFRs (38 vs 39 years; p=0.03). In addition, workers had higher length of stay than tourists (91 vs 23 days; p=0. 00) or VFRs (91 vs 50 días; p=0. 00). Sub-Saharan Africa was the most common region of destination (35. 89%). Chemoprophylaxis was recommended in 39. 19% workers vs 38. 72% tourists plus VFRs (p=0. 68). International workers by regions showed no difference from the recommendation of chemoprophylaxis vs tourists plus VFRs. Conclusions: in the studied population working purpose for an international travel has a specific profile of the traveler. Public health initiatives should be developed to prevent these travelers from specific risks and promote patient-centered counseling.

Keywords : international traveller; international health; traveller for work reason; malaria prevention.

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