Talking about Climate Change and Environmental Degradation with Patients in Primary Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey on Knowledge, Potential Domains of Action and Points of View of General Practitioners.

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serval:BIB_9E130CE4EC46
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
Institution
Title
Talking about Climate Change and Environmental Degradation with Patients in Primary Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey on Knowledge, Potential Domains of Action and Points of View of General Practitioners.
Journal
International journal of environmental research and public health
Author(s)
André H., Gonzalez Holguera J., Depoux A., Pasquier J., Haller D.M., Rodondi P.Y., Schwarz J., Senn N.
ISSN
1660-4601 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1660-4601
Publication state
Published
Issued date
18/04/2022
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
19
Number
8
Pages
4901
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: epublish
Abstract
General practitioners (GPs) could play a role in mitigating climate change by raising awareness of its impact on human health and implementing changes to improve population health and decreasing environmental footprints. The aim of this study was to assess GPs' knowledge and perspectives about the health impacts of climate change.
A questionnaire was sent to 1972 GPs in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Knowledge of the impact of environmental degradations and climate change on health and willingness to address climate change with patients, to be exemplary and to act as role models were surveyed as well as demographic characteristics of GPs.
Respondents (N = 497) expressed a high level of self-reported knowledge regarding climate change, although it was lower for more specific topics, such as planetary health or health-environment co-benefits. Participants mostly agreed that it is necessary to adapt clinical practice to the health impacts of climate change and that they have a role in providing information on climate change and its links to human health.
Most of the GPs were concerned about environmental and climate degradation. However, this study revealed a gap between the willingness of GPs to integrate the impact of climate change on health into their clinical activities and their lack of overall knowledge and scientific evidence on effective interventions. A promising way forward may be to develop co-benefit interventions adapted to the clinical setting on diet, active mobility and connecting with nature.
Keywords
Attitude of Health Personnel, Climate Change, Cross-Sectional Studies, General Practitioners, Humans, Primary Health Care, Surveys and Questionnaires, co-benefits, general practice, planetary health
Pubmed
Web of science
Open Access
Yes
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14/05/2022 6:34
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