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The Energy Burden and Environmental Impact of Health Services.
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PMID:  23078475     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objectives. We reviewed the English-language literature on the energy burden and environmental impact of health services. Methods. We searched all years of the PubMed, CINAHL, and ScienceDirect databases for publications reporting energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, or the environmental impact of health-related activities. We extracted and tabulated data to enable cross-comparisons among different activities and services; where possible, we calculated per patient or per event emissions. Results. We identified 38 relevant publications. Per patient or per event, health-related energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are quite modest; in the aggregate, however, they are considerable. In England and the United States, health-related emissions account for 3% and 8% of total national emissions, respectively. Conclusions. Although reducing health-related energy consumption and emissions alone will not resolve all of the problems of energy scarcity and climate change, it could make a meaningful contribution. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print October 18, 2012: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300776).
Lawrence H Brown; Petra G Buettner; Deon V Canyon
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1541-0048     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Lawrence H. Brown and Petra G. Buettner are with the Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. At the time of the study, Deon V. Canyon was with the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
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