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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3013-3020

Assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding travel health among (King Abdulaziz) international airport travelers in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2019

1 Jazan Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Jazan University, Jazan City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3 Family Medicine, Trainer at the Joint Program of Family Medicine, Jazan City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Wardah Alkadi
Jazan Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Jazan
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_148_21

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Background: Travelers to different countries have endemic/pandemic diseases can increase the risk of exposure to various infectious agents and can facilitate their spread across borders. Objectives: To determine the levels of travel health knowledge, attitudes and practices among travelers at international airports of KSA. Methods: An observational cross-sectional study was conducted starting from 30 September, 2019 at the departure halls of King Abdulaziz International airport (KAIA). Representative sample adult travelers who were waiting to board were recruited. Results and Discussion: Good level of knowledge regarding travel health was observed among 28.2%. The majority of the participants (84.7%) got information about their destination prior to the trip. The main reported source of information was family/friends (53.8%). Negative health seeking behavior was observed among 70.8% of the participants. Purpose of the trip and duration of destination were significantly associated with health seeking behavior. Knowledge, attitude towards health information seeking behavior and practice-related to travel health among international travelers at King Abdulaziz International airport are insufficient.

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