HealthcareLCA: an open-access living database of health-care environmental impact assessments

Drew, Jonathan, Christie, Sean D, Rainham, Daniel and Rizan, Chantelle (2022) HealthcareLCA: an open-access living database of health-care environmental impact assessments. Lancet Planet Health, 6 (12). e1000-e1012. ISSN 2542-5196

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Anthropogenic environmental change negatively effects human health and is increasing health-care system demand. Paradoxically, the provision of health care, which itself is a substantial contributor to environmental degradation, is compounding this problem. There is increasing willingness to transition towards sustainable health-care systems globally and ensuring that strategy and action are informed by best available evidence is imperative. In this Personal View, we present an interactive, open-access database designed to support this effort. Functioning as a living repository of environmental impact assessments within health care, the HealthcareLCA database collates 152 studies, predominantly peer-reviewed journal articles, into one centralised and publicly accessible location, providing impact estimates (currently totalling 3671 numerical values) across 1288 health-care products and processes. The database brings together research generated over the past two decades and indicates exponential field growth.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Humans, Environment
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
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Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 08:50
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2023 11:16

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