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01.12.2016 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2016 Open Access

BMC Infectious Diseases 1/2016

Improving the uptake of pre-travel health advice amongst migrant Australians: exploring the attitudes of primary care providers and migrant community groups

Zeitschrift:
BMC Infectious Diseases > Ausgabe 1/2016
Autoren:
Holly Seale, Rajneesh Kaur, Abela Mahimbo, C. Raina MacIntyre, Nicholas Zwar, Mitchell Smith, Heather Worth, Anita E Heywood
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Competing interests

HS has received grant funding for investigator driven research from Seqirus, GSK and Sanofi Pasteur. AEH has received grant funding for investigator driven research from GSK and Sanofi Pasteur. CRM has received funding from GSK for investigator-driven research on vaccines. The other authors have no competing interests to declare.

Authors’ contributions

HS designed the study, analysed the data and drafted the manuscript, RK assisted with recruitment, data analysis and reviewed the manuscript, AM assisted with data analysis and reviewed the manuscript, CRM assisted with developing the study and reviewed the manuscript., NZ assisted with recruitment and reviewed the manuscript, MS assisted with recruitment and reviewed the manuscript, HW assisted with developing the study and reviewed the manuscript., AEH assisted with developing the study and reviewed the manuscript.. All authors have read and have approved the final version of the manuscript

Abstract

Background

Migrant travellers who return to their country of origin to visit family and friends (VFR) are less likely to seek travel-related medical care and are less likely to adhere to recommended medications and travel precautions. Through this study, we aimed to get an understanding of the views of stakeholders from community migrant centres and primary care providers on barriers for migrants, particularly from non-English speaking backgrounds, in accessing travel health advice and the strategies that could be used to engage them.

Methods

A qualitative study involving 20 semi-structured interviews was undertaken in Sydney, Australia between January 2013 and September 2014. Thematic analysis was undertaken.

Results

Language barriers, a lower perceived risk of travel-related infections and the financial costs of seeking pre-travel health care were nominated as being the key barriers impacting on the uptake of pre-travel health advice and precautions. To overcome pre-existing language barriers, participants advocated for the use of bilingual community educators, community radio, ethnic newspapers and posters in the dissemination of pre-travel health information.

Conclusions

Travel is a major vector of importation of infectious diseases into Australia, and VFR travellers are at high risk of infection. Collaboration between the Government, primary care physicians, migrant community groups and migrants themselves is crucial if we are to be successful in reducing travel-related risks among this subgroup of travellers.
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