Patient-Centred Approach to Environmental Issues in Respiratory Care
The NHS currently contributes 6.3% of England’s total carbon emissions1 of which 3.1% is made up by inhalers.2 In 2020 the Primary Care Respiratory System (PCRS ) published a white paper call to action on Greener Respiratory Healthcare That is Kinder to the Environment.1
In this presentation Dr Holmes focuses on strategies to balance sustainability with patient centred respiratory care, such as better clinical care including better diagnosis and patient education which, could lead to reducing overuse of medication, fewer trips to and from the hospital and potentially less hospital admissions. He discusses balancing environmental goals and personalised treatments by providing practical advice.
1. PCRS Greener Respiratory Healthcare That is Kinder to the Environment. November 2020. Available at: https://www.pcrs-uk.org/sites/pcrs-uk.org/files/White-Paper-Greener-Respiratory-Healthcare-20201118.pdf [Last accessed December 2021].
2. Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service. October 2020. Available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2020/10/delivering-a-net-zero-national-health-service.pdf [Last accessed December 2021].
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Dr Steve Holmes