Analysis of interest in travel medicine in Poland illustrated with an example of website
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kierownik Zakładu Epidemiologii i Medycyny Tropikalnej Wojskowego Instytutu Medycznego
Publication date: 2017-10-02
LW 2017;95(4):340–346
Poland has seen continuous growth in the number of international travelers, especially those travelling for recreational purposes. As a consequence, more and more travelers want to get comprehensive knowledge of disease prevention measures and health risks prevalent in a given destination area. The study discusses current trends regarding an interest in the field of tropical medicine evaluated on the basis of the number of visits to a website run by the Department of Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine of the Military Institute of Medicine ( Material and methods. A retrospective study was based on the statistical analysis of the number of visits to website between 2014 and 2016, and in individual months of 2016, using StatSoft Inc. (2014) STATISTICA version 12.0. Statistical analysis has shown a significant increase in the number of visits to www.medycynatropikalna website, from 389,321 in 2014 to 618,830 in 2016. In 2016, the website was most frequently visited between October and December (i.e. the holiday season in tropical countries), which gives evidence of a growing interest in travel to tropical destinations. Conclusions. A systematic increase in the number of visits to demonstrates a growing interest in travel medicine and greater awareness related to prophylaxis among travelers.