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Heat Health Prevention Measures and Adaptation in Older Populations—A Systematic Review

School of Medicine, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, QLD 4222, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4370; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224370
Received: 4 October 2019 / Revised: 29 October 2019 / Accepted: 6 November 2019 / Published: 8 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Climate Change and Health)
The population of older people is increasing at a rapid rate, with those 80 years and older set to triple by 2050. This systematic review aimed to examine older people’s perceptions and behaviours against existing heatwaves prevention measures and systematically categorize and analyse those measures using the Ottawa charter for health promotion framework. Peer-reviewed published literature between 22nd September 2006 and 24th April 2018 was retrieved, according to the PRISMA guidelines, from five different databases. Eighteen articles were finally included. There is a lack of published studies from developing countries. Results were categorized and analysed using the Ottawa charter five action areas. Mitigation strategies from current heat action plans are discussed and gaps are highlighted. A lack of systematic evaluation of heat action plans efficacy was identified. Older people are not demonstrating all recommended preventative measures during heatwaves. Support personnel and health professionals are not being pro-active enough in facilitating prevention of adverse effects from heatwaves. Governments are beginning to implement policy changes, but other recommended support measures outlined in the Ottawa charter are still lacking, and hence require further action. Linkage between specific components of heat action plans and outcomes cannot be ascertained; therefore, more systematic evaluation is needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: heatwaves; older people; vulnerable population; heat action plans; prevention; adaptation; Ottawa charter heatwaves; older people; vulnerable population; heat action plans; prevention; adaptation; Ottawa charter
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Vu, A.; Rutherford, S.; Phung, D. Heat Health Prevention Measures and Adaptation in Older Populations—A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4370.

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