Article Type

Original Study


Objectives The aim of the study was to perform systematic review to summarize the role of family physicians in travel medicine. Data sources Medline, articles in Medscape, AAFP, and PubMed were searched. The search was performed on 1 January 2014 and included all articles with no language restriction. Study selection The initial search presented 320 articles. The number of studies that met the inclusion criteria was 15. The articles included historical background definition, health services, and role of family physician in travel medicine. Data extraction Data from each eligible study were independently abstracted in duplicate using a data collection form to capture information on study characteristics, interventions, and quantitative results reported for each outcome of interest. Recent findings The family physician is the one who can best implement the travel medicine services. Conclusion Five articles were review articles, and one systematic review summarized the clinical importance of travel medicine. Two studies showed the importance of pretravel assessment. Many studies showed the importance of implementation of travel medicine in primary healthcare services presented by family physicians through a multidisciplinary approach where travel medicine lends itself well to the family physician«SQ»s broad training, counseling skills, and focus on prevention and continuity of care.