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Article: Prevalence of travel related illness amongst a group of Chinese undergraduate students in Hong Kong

TitlePrevalence of travel related illness amongst a group of Chinese undergraduate students in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2000
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1195-1982
Citation
Journal Of Travel Medicine, 2000, v. 7 n. 3, p. 125-132 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Regional and global travel by Asian residents is increasing. Young people seeking new experiences through travel may be particularly at risk of a wide spectrum of health problems. This study assesses travel- associated health risks and examines the prevalence and likely impact of pretravel health advice among Chinese undergraduate students in Hong Kong. Method: Year 1 and year 3 undergraduate students of the University of Hong Kong were surveyed during September to December 1996, using a structured self-administered questionnaire. A total of 1,067 subjects were required to give a power of 95% (p = .50 ± 3%). Results: Of 1,197 students (514 male and 680 female) surveyed, 52% had traveled outside Hong Kong at least once within the previous 12 months. Of these travelers (n = 578), 41% had developed one or more health problems, 7% had to consult a doctor and 2% needed hospitalization during travel, and 8% developed health problems within 2 weeks of returning for which they had to consult a doctor. Most (75%) took no pretravel health advice and 48% took no travel health precautions. About half (41%) of those who received advice received this from nonexpert sources. Those more likely to develop health problems were aged over 20 years (Odds Ratio, 1.49, 95% confidence interval, 1.06-2.10), in financial difficulties (1.60, 1.02-2.51), ever-smokers (1.69, 1.03-2.77), reporting poorer current health status (1.64, 1.04-2.57). Also, those who sought health advice from nonprofessional sources (2.13, 1.03-4.01) and took precautions (1.88, 1.33- 2.63) were more likely to develop health problems. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that young Chinese adults, with the benefits of higher education, are potentially at risk of a variety of avoidable travel-related health problems. Taking pretravel health advice from nonprofessional sources was common among respondents, but taking precautions did not reduce health problems. The comprehensibility and effectiveness of the advice and appropriateness of precautions taken need scrutiny in randomized trials. Specific topics for pretravel health education that will target higher risk travelers with preventive messages need to be identified and evaluated.
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dc.contributor.authorAbdullah, ASMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHedley, AJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFielding, Ren_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:20:20Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:20:20Z-
dc.date.issued2000en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Travel Medicine, 2000, v. 7 n. 3, p. 125-132en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1195-1982en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86706-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Regional and global travel by Asian residents is increasing. Young people seeking new experiences through travel may be particularly at risk of a wide spectrum of health problems. This study assesses travel- associated health risks and examines the prevalence and likely impact of pretravel health advice among Chinese undergraduate students in Hong Kong. Method: Year 1 and year 3 undergraduate students of the University of Hong Kong were surveyed during September to December 1996, using a structured self-administered questionnaire. A total of 1,067 subjects were required to give a power of 95% (p = .50 ± 3%). Results: Of 1,197 students (514 male and 680 female) surveyed, 52% had traveled outside Hong Kong at least once within the previous 12 months. Of these travelers (n = 578), 41% had developed one or more health problems, 7% had to consult a doctor and 2% needed hospitalization during travel, and 8% developed health problems within 2 weeks of returning for which they had to consult a doctor. Most (75%) took no pretravel health advice and 48% took no travel health precautions. About half (41%) of those who received advice received this from nonexpert sources. Those more likely to develop health problems were aged over 20 years (Odds Ratio, 1.49, 95% confidence interval, 1.06-2.10), in financial difficulties (1.60, 1.02-2.51), ever-smokers (1.69, 1.03-2.77), reporting poorer current health status (1.64, 1.04-2.57). Also, those who sought health advice from nonprofessional sources (2.13, 1.03-4.01) and took precautions (1.88, 1.33- 2.63) were more likely to develop health problems. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that young Chinese adults, with the benefits of higher education, are potentially at risk of a variety of avoidable travel-related health problems. Taking pretravel health advice from nonprofessional sources was common among respondents, but taking precautions did not reduce health problems. The comprehensibility and effectiveness of the advice and appropriateness of precautions taken need scrutiny in randomized trials. Specific topics for pretravel health education that will target higher risk travelers with preventive messages need to be identified and evaluated.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=1195-1982en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Travel Medicineen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_HK
dc.subject.meshAdulten_HK
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshGastrointestinal Diseases - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHong Kong - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshHumansen_HK
dc.subject.meshMaleen_HK
dc.subject.meshPrevalenceen_HK
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen_HK
dc.subject.meshRespiratory Tract Diseases - epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subject.meshStudents - statistics & numerical dataen_HK
dc.subject.meshTravelen_HK
dc.titlePrevalence of travel related illness amongst a group of Chinese undergraduate students in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1195-1982&volume=7&spage=125&epage=132&date=2000&atitle=Prevalence+of+travel+related+illness+amongst+a+group+of+Chinese+undergraduate+students+in+Hong+Kongen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHedley, AJ:hrmrajh@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailFielding, R:fielding@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.authorityFielding, R=rp00339en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume7en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridHedley, AJ=7102584095en_HK
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