Comments in International Journal of Dermatology highlight the need for dermatologists to engage more meaningfully on key climate issues and go beyond discussions with skin Associated impacts of climate change.
The authors note that they and other dermatologists are responsible for diagnosing, treating, researching, and mitigating health hazards from climate change, But it must also be taken into account that healthcare is one of the most carbon-intensive service industries in the world.
They point out that through the increased use of telehealth services, virtual medical conferences and residency interviews, dermatology can easily to reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, dermatologists should prioritize funding for climate health research to improve healthcare sustainability and decarbonize the industry.
“Our research, advocacy and policy must be ambitious in scope, going beyond dermatology and integrating the impact of climate change on impact on the social determinants of health and support resilient and social justice impeccable populations,” the authors wrote. “It is morally necessary for us to act. Now is the time for dermatologists and our medical societies to come together to address this crisis.”
More information: Dermatology calls for urgent action on climate change, International Journal of Dermatology (2022). DOI: 10.1111/ijd.16301
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