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Overseas Travelers’ Experiences in Preparing Travel Medications and Willingness to Use Pharmacy Services
Yakhak Hoeji 2020;64(6):496-504
Published online December 31, 2020
© 2020 The Pharmaceutical Society of Korea.

Seong Yeon Kim*, Hye Seong Han*, Kyung-In Joung**, and Hyun Soon Sohn*,#

*College of Pharmacy, CHA University
**Institute of Health and Environment, Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University
Correspondence to: Hyun Soon Sohn, College of Pharmacy, CHA University, Haeryoung-ro 120, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do 11160, South Korea
Tel: +82-31-881-7171, Fax: +82-31-881-7077

Kim SY and Han HS equally contributed to this work as co-first author.
Received August 2, 2020; Revised October 31, 2020; Accepted December 17, 2020.
With the increase in number of people traveling internationally, there is an increasing need for travel health services. Pharmacists assist travelers in preparing medications for prophylaxis or self-treatment for conditions that occur during travel. This study was conducted to investigate experiences of overseas travelers in preparing travel medications and their willingness to get pre-travel services at the pharmacy. The survey was performed using self-reported type, 20-items questionnaire. Adults with at least one overseas travel experiences during the past three years were enrolled from January 17, 2019 to January 20, 2019. Data were analyzed to summarize the frequency of responses using Microsoft Excel 2019. Statistical differences in future pre-travel behavioral intentions based on respondents’ characteristics were determined using IBM SPSS Statistics 21. Of 169 respondents, 71.0% had a habit of packing travel medications. Major medications that they packed were digestants (80.8%), analgesics (70.8%), wound healers (62.5%), antipyretics (58.3%), cold remedies (55.8%), and anti-diarrheas (45.8%). In total, 88.2% and 79.7% of respondents responded positively to future intentions to pack travel medications and to get pre-travel consultation on travel medications at the pharmacy, respectively. People who had experiences of on-site action during past travel to get medications to treat sickness showed significantly higher willingness to get pre-travel consultation at the pharmacy than those who did have no action or no health problem ([odds ratio 3.80, (95% confidence interval 1.64-8.79). To provide effective pre-travel health consultation, pharmacist society need to promote people’s interest and discuss on travel medication-related tasks. This study suggests the addition of educational programs for pharmacists both in pharmacy school and continuing professional development curricula to advance their knowledge on travel health.
Keywords : travel medication, travel health, community pharmacy, pharmacist advice, pharmacy service

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