Sustainable Healthcare

Sustainable Healthcare

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Sustainable Healthcare sets out a vision for medical careof high quality, manageable cost and low impact on the planetarysystems which sustain us.

In tackling the major challenges of our age, such as resourcedepletion, loss of biodiversity and climate change, health servicescan play a central role, moving from being part of the problem tobecoming part of the solution. Sustainable Healthcareexplores questions such as:

What is the relevance of sustainability inhealthcare?
How does climate change threaten humanhealth?
How can we create low carbon care pathways?
How can healthcare organizations deal better withtheir waste?
How can death and dying become moresustainable?
How can we engage ourselves and others with thisagenda?

Written by an international team combining clinical, educational, practical and policy expertise in sustainability andhealth, this book provides a synopsis of our current predicaments, and explores some of the emerging solutions. Containing casestudies and resources for further information and action, Sustainable Healthcare is a practical guide to makinghealthcare more sustainable for all healthcare professionals, managers and students.

"Once in a while one comes across a book that makes a deepimpact. Sustainable Healthcare is such a book and very timely inthe context of modern healthcare and developing greenpolicies... The book is clear in ideas of critical thinking, scientific evidence and practical suggestions for transformativeaction... An additional strength in this book are the summarykey papers and reports including key points from thechapters. In addition, there is a comprehensive list ofreferences in each chapter... The authors cut through thejargon and challenge the rhetoric of both fear and denial...The authors give examples of how we can engage with sustainabilitysuch as, diet and exercise, prescription management, contraceptionmanagement and family planning and end of life care... Thebook provides useful sources, references and key actions forindividuals, healthcare organisations and policy makingdepartments."
- A review by Prof Davinder Sandhu, Postgraduate Dean, Health Education South West, Severn Deanery, UK
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  • Electronic book text | 280 pages
  • United States
  • 111834250X
  • 9781118342503

Table of contents

Preface, vii

Acknowledgements, ix

About the authors, x

Chapter 1 Greening the gaze, 1

Chapter 2 Climate science in context, 26

Chapter 3 Engaging with sustainability, 50

Chapter 4 A vision for sustainable healthcare, 72

Chapter 5 Low-carbon clinical care, 92

Chapter 6 Food for people and planet, 112

Chapter 7 Travel and transport: moving to better health, 138

Chapter 8 Healthy buildings, healthy spaces, 157

Chapter 9 Resource stewardship, 183

Chapter 10 The Green Death, 206

Chapter 11 The Green Academy, 223

Chapter 12 The journey towards sustainable healthcare, 244

Index, 259
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About Knut Schroeder

Knut Schroeder General Practitioner, Concord Medical Centre and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Trevor Thompson General Practitioner and Reader in Healthcare Education, Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Kathleen Frith President, Glynwood and former Managing Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

David Pencheon Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, East of England Strategic Health Authority, Cambridge, UK
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