This work has been presented at the 10th ISTM as part of the process for its development (E. A. T., L. H. C., C. S., A. M. Research priorities in travel medicine. Abstract PO16.02 10th Conference of the ISTM, Vancouver, Canada May 20 to 24, 2007).
Travel Medicine Research Priorities: Establishing an Evidence Base
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010
© 2010 International Society of Travel Medicine
Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 17, Issue 6, pages 410–415, November/December 2010
How to Cite
Talbot, E. A., Chen, L. H., Sanford, C., McCarthy, A., Leder, K. and Research Committee of the International Society of Travel Medicine (2010), Travel Medicine Research Priorities: Establishing an Evidence Base. Journal of Travel Medicine, 17: 410–415. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8305.2010.00466.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010
Background. Travel medicine is the medical subspecialty which promotes healthy and safe travel. Numerous studies have been published that provide evidence for the practice of travel medicine, but gaps exist.
Methods. The Research Committee of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) established a Writing Group which reviewed the existing evidence base and identified an initial list of research priorities through an interactive process that included e-mails, phone calls, and smaller meetings. The list was presented to a broader group of travel medicine experts, then was presented and discussed at the Annual ISTM Meeting, and further revised by the Writing Group. Each research question was then subject to literature search to ensure that adequate research had not already been conducted.
Results. Twenty-five research priorities were identified and categorized as intended to inform pre-travel encounters, safety during travel, and post-travel management.
Conclusion. We have described the research priorities that will help to expand the evidence base in travel medicine. This discussion of research priorities serves to highlight the commitment that the ISTM has in promoting quality travel-related research.