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Sjukvården spelar en viktig roll i anpassning till klimatförändringar
Engelsk titel: Healthcare plays a key role in adapting to the health effects of climate change Läs online Författare: Hammarstrand, Sofia ; Fritzell, Vindar Språk: Swe Antal referenser: 29 Dokumenttyp: Artikel UI-nummer: 19050086

Tidskrift

Läkartidningen 2019;116(9-10)426-9 ISSN 0023-7205 E-ISSN 1652-7518 KIBs bestånd av denna tidskrift Denna tidskrift är expertgranskad (Peer-Reviewed)

Sammanfattning

Climate change will affect society in many areas, including healthcare.This article aims to explain the health aspects of climate change and how healthcare can play an important role. Rising temperatures affect health through direct effects such as increased heat (especially in tropical countries) and through indirect effects such as deteriorating air quality and changing panorama of infectious diseases. Particularly vulnerable to the effects are small children, elderly and those with severe chronic diseases. In the pursuit of a health care that can resist these effects, action plans based on simple measures that focus on vulnerable groups have been shown to greatly reduce the health impact. Healthcare also has an important role in the work on climate adaptation in Sweden by providing expertise in societal planning and preventive health work. Finally, knowledge among healthcare professionals and students about the health impact of climate change needs to be continuously updated.