The role of environmental health in understanding and mitigating postdisaster noncommunicable diseases: the critical need for improved interdisciplinary solutions

Ryan, Benjamin J., Franklin, Richard C., Burkle, Frederick M., Smith, Erin C., Aitken, Peter, and Leggat, Peter A. (2017) The role of environmental health in understanding and mitigating postdisaster noncommunicable diseases: the critical need for improved interdisciplinary solutions. Journal of Environmental Health, 80. pp. 38-48.

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Abstract

Improvements in life expectancy and changes in lifestyle have contributed to a "disease transition" from communicable to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Damage to public health infrastructure (PHI), such as sanitation and water, places people with NCDs at risk of disease exacerbation or even death. We propose the interdisciplinary characteristics of environmental health (EH) and the indirect, but vital, role in maximizing treatment and care for people with NCDs demonstrates the profession is an essential resource for addressing this problem. To explore this proposal, five focus groups were conducted with 55 EH professionals in Queensland, Australia. Relationships were identified between NCD exacerbation and PHI, such as power, sanitation, services, supplies, and water. Preparedness and response activities should focus on this priority PHI, which will require EH professionals to be part of interdisciplinary solutions. Recognizing this role will help protect the health of people with NCDs during and after a disaster.

Item ID: 52666
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0022-0892
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 4 of the following PhD thesis: Ryan, Benjamin J. (2018) Addressing the impact of disasters on public health infrastructure and noncommunicable diseases. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Funders: Australian Health Service Innovation Fund (AHSIF), Cunningham Centre/Toowoomba Hospital Foundation
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 03:15
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 100%
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