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Georgia Southern Analyzes Internet Narratives

A collaborative study including Dr. Gulzar Shah, director of research at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, analyzes internet narratives by health travelers to Turkey. Patients regularly travel to the West for advanced medical care, but now the trend is also shifting in the opposite direction. Many people from Western countries now seek care outside of their country. This phenomenon has been labeled medical tourism or health travel. Information regarding health travelers’ actual outcomes, experiences, and perceptions is lacking or insufficient. However, advanced Internet technology and apps provide information on medical tourism and are a vehicle for patients to share their experiences. Turkey has a large number of internationally accredited hospitals, is a top tourism destination, and is positioning itself to attract international patients.