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Ready-to-go questionnaire - development and validation of a novel medical pre-travel risk stratification tool

Gazzotti, A. and de Crom-Beer, S. and Haller, S. and Hasler, T. and Anagnostopoulos, A. and Hatz, C. and Fehr, J. S.. (2022) Ready-to-go questionnaire - development and validation of a novel medical pre-travel risk stratification tool. Travel Med Infect Dis, 47. p. 102304.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: There are no validated pre-travel self-assessment tools to stratify travellers' health risks and identify their needs for pre-travel medical preparation. This study presents a novel pre-travel risk stratification tool (Ready-To-Go Questionnaire). METHODS: The Ready-To-Go Questionnaire was developed by travel medical experts. It assesses information on travellers' itinerary and current health status, thereby assigning travellers to one out of four risk categories. To explore the Ready-To-Go Questionnaire's validity, we analysed the agreement between the risk categories resulting from the questionnaire and predefined validation criteria. This study was carried out at the Travel Clinic, University of Zurich, Switzerland. RESULTS: One hundred travellers attending a pre-travel consultation were included. 82% corresponded to the substantial-risk category, 17% to the high-risk category, 1% to the moderate-risk category and 0% to the low-risk category. The concordance between the risk categories and the consultants' risk assessment, was 0.39 and 0.29 (unweighted/weighted Cohen's Kappa). No significant concordance was found between the risk categories and additional validation criteria. CONCLUSION: The Ready-To-Go Questionnaire is a medical triage tool developed to identify different levels of travel-related health risks. This tool assists in better understanding travellers' needs, shaping modern travel consultations and offering patient-centred travel medicine services. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ISRCTN10172086.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Directorate (DIR) > Medical Services (K├╝nzli/Neumayr)
UniBasel Contributors:Hatz, Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
ISSN:1873-0442 (Electronic)1477-8939 (Linking)
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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