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Children travelling for treatment: what we don't know
  1. Lorraine Culley1,
  2. Nicky Hudson1,
  3. Kylie Baldwin1,
  4. Monica Lakhanpaul2
  1. 1Faulty of Health and Life Sciences, School of Applied Social Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Department of General and Adolescent Paediatric Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor M Lakhanpaul, Department of General and Adolescent Paediatric Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N1EH, UK; m.lakhanpaul{at}ucl.ac.uk

Abstract

Travel for the purposes of obtaining medical treatment is increasing, but very little is known about the extent or nature of child medical travel. This paper discusses the outcome of a systematic search for academic literature on paediatric medical travel, outlines the potential significance of ‘return health migration’ by parents and children from minority ethnic groups in the UK, and suggests an agenda for future multidisciplinary research in this field.

  • medical tourism
  • medical travel
  • child medical tourism
  • paediatric medical tourism

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