Stress Testing the Capacity of Health Systems to Manage Climate Change-Related Shocks and Stresses
AbstractVulnerability and adaptation assessments can provide valuable input to foster climate-resilient health systems. However, these assessments often do not explore the potential health risks of climate change far outside the range of recent experience with extreme weather events and other climate-related hazards. Climate and health stress tests are designed to increase the capacity of health systems and related sectors to manage potentially disruptive climate-related shocks and stresses. Stress tests focus on hypothetical scenarios, during which it would be difficult for the health system to maintain its essential function of providing services to protect population health. The stress test explores approaches to effectively manage acute and chronic climate-related events and conditions that could directly impact health systems, and climate-related events in non-health sectors that can indirectly impact health outcomes and/or health system function. We provide detailed methods and guidance for conducting climate and health stress tests, centering on three primary activities: (1) preparing and scoping the stress test; (2) successfully conducting the stress test; and (3) communicating the results to key stakeholders to facilitate policy and programmatic reforms. View Full-Text
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Ebi, K.L.; Berry, P.; Hayes, K.; Boyer, C.; Sellers, S.; Enright, P.M.; Hess, J.J. Stress Testing the Capacity of Health Systems to Manage Climate Change-Related Shocks and Stresses. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2370.
Ebi KL, Berry P, Hayes K, Boyer C, Sellers S, Enright PM, Hess JJ. Stress Testing the Capacity of Health Systems to Manage Climate Change-Related Shocks and Stresses. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11):2370.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ebi, Kristie L.; Berry, Peter; Hayes, Katie; Boyer, Christopher; Sellers, Samuel; Enright, Paddy M.; Hess, Jeremy J. 2018. "Stress Testing the Capacity of Health Systems to Manage Climate Change-Related Shocks and Stresses." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 11: 2370.
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