A survey of UK and Irish surgeons' attitudes, behaviours and barriers to change for environmental sustainability

Harris, H, Bhutta, M F and Rizan, C (2021) A survey of UK and Irish surgeons' attitudes, behaviours and barriers to change for environmental sustainability. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 103 (10). pp. 725-729. ISSN 0035-8843

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Surgery is a major contributor to the large environmental impact of healthcare, demanding urgent attention. To date there are no data on the attitudes and behaviours of surgeons towards climate change, or perceived barriers towards sustainable practice.

We invited surgeons and surgical trainees in the UK and Ireland to participate in an online survey (developed in accordance with the CHERRIES checklist) conducted between June and November 2020 and disseminated via the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh and Ireland, the Association of Surgeons in Training and through local communication.

We received 130 responses, across 14 surgical specialties. The majority of respondents (122/130; 94%) were concerned about the threat of climate change. Most respondents had instigated more sustainable practices in their personal lives (113/130; 87%) and, to a lesser extent, at work (73/130; 56%). Surgeons were willing to make changes to their clinical practice (107/130; 82%), but the main perceived barrier to improving sustainability was a lack of leadership (92/130; 70%). Surgeons welcomed greater leadership and guidance from national bodies (118/130; 91%) and more monitoring and regulation (113/130; 87%).

The surgeons who responded to our survey are concerned about climate change and willing to engage in efforts to transition to more sustainable practice, but would welcome greater support, guidance and leadership.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Environment, Surgeons, Survey, Sustainability, The UK and Ireland, Attitude of Health Personnel, Climate Change, Conservation of Natural Resources, General Surgery, Humans, Ireland, Organizational Innovation, Surgeons, Surveys and Questionnaires, Sustainable Growth, United Kingdom
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2023 09:10
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2023 09:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/110310

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