Janet Richardson, Peter Allum, Jane Grose
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 8, Iss. 3, 04 Mar 2016, pp 130 - 136

Background: Climate change will impact on emergency services and healthcare
practitioners need to be aware of future challenges. The aim of this study was to
assess the effectiveness of a scenario-based educational intervention designed
to raise awareness and generate discussion among practitioners and students
about sustainability and climate change.
Methods: Paramedic undergraduate students completed a Sustainability
Attitudes Survey before they participated in a health and sustainability session
that focused on resources used in clinical practice and the potential impact
of climate change and natural materials scarcity on resource availability. The
students completed the questionnaire again following the session.
Results: Significant differences between the pre- and post-intervention
questionnaires were found for 8/9 attitude statements; there was no significant
difference for the statement: the segregation of healthcare waste is important.
Students were more likely to accurately report the cost of disposing of clinical
and domestic waste following the session.
Conclusions: Data suggests that participation in a health and sustainability
scenario can improve knowledge about the use of natural resources in clinical
practice, where resources come from, and the cost of waste management.
Attitudes towards including sustainability and climate change in healthcare
curricula were more positive following participation in the health and
sustainability session.

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