Survey: Dermatologists Say Climate Change Is Impacting Patients!
Global climate change is hitting home for dermatologists, according to a recent survey in which the majority of participants said their patients are already being impacted. Almost 80% of the 148 participants who responded to an electronic survey reported this belief. The survey was designed and distributed to the membership of various dermatological organizations by Misha Rosenbach, MD, and coauthors. The results were published in the British Journal of Dermatology.
@shipra Physicians, including dermatologists, are starting to understand the impact of the climate crisis on both their patients and themselves both through lived experiences and [issues raised] more in the scientific literature and in meetings. There continues to be unfilled interest in education and advocacy regarding climate change, suggesting a 'practice gap' even among dermatologists. Some dermatologists have been taking action, in the meantime, to reduce the carbon footprint of their practices and institutions. Reductions in facility energy consumption, and reductions in medical waste/optimization of recycling, were each reported by more than one-third of survey respondents.