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Perceptions of heatwave risks to health: interview-based study of older people in London and Norwich, UK

Abrahamson, V., Wolf, J., Lorenzoni, I., Fenn, B., Kovats, S., Wilkinson, P., Adger, N., Raine, R. (2009) Perceptions of heatwave risks to health: interview-based study of older people in London and Norwich, UK. Journal of Public Health, 31 (1). pp. 119-126. ISSN 1741-3842. (doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdn102) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45639)

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Abstract

Background Most projections of climate change suggest an increased frequency of heatwaves in England over coming decades; older people are at particular risk. This could result in substantial mortality and morbidity.

Methods Semi-structured interviews: 73 men and women, 72–94 years, living in their own homes in London and Norwich, UK.

chronic illness; they did recognize that some medical conditions might increase risks in others. Most reported that they had taken appropriate

people, but many thought state intervention was unnecessary, intrusive and unlikely to be effective. Respondents were more positive about the

Conclusion The Heatwave Plan should consider giving greater emphasis to a population-based information strategy, using innovative information

measures.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/pubmed/fdn102
Projects: Projects 76585 not found.
Uncontrolled keywords: Health protection, health risks, heatwaves, knowledge, perceptions
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC952 Geriatrics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 13:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45639 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Abrahamson, V.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1169-9457
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