The aim of this project is to ascertain the amount and types of health travel advice travellers to Nepal receive in their home country from their General Practitioner or other health provider before departure for Nepal. To date, there has been very little data collection concerning this area of health concern. Other studies specifically target travellers from host countries where there is a certain amount of pre-travel literature available before departure to a foreign destination. Many travellers also glean their information about health in specific countries from travel agents and/or travel guides or brochures. However, a cross-cultural comparison of English-speaking travellers to Nepal from various international points of departure has not previously been undertaken. The participant group will consist of 15-20 international English-speaking travellers in Nepal. The methods utilised will be indepth semi-structured interviews. The interviews will be recorded in the field. Later, the interviews will be transcribed and imported into Nvivo, where they will be coded using a hierarchical, thematic coding structure. The open-ended questions will be about health advice and/or instruction about travel to Nepal received from the traveller’s General Practitioner (GP), or other health provider, before departing from their country of origin. Some possible outcomes from this research include, but are not limited to: the frequency of pre-travel information sought from travellers by GPs; the frequency of advice concerning travel vaccinations, STDs, travel insurance, safety, local diseases, safe sexual practices, first-aid knowledge, jet lag; and, types of written information made available to travellers before departure to Nepal.
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