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Climate Change and Physiatry: A Call to Proportional and Prospective Action.

Taylor AL, Perret D, Morice K, Zafonte R, Skelton F, Rivers E, Alexander M. Climate Change and Physiatry: A Call to Proportional and Prospective Action. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2022 Oct 1; 101(10):988-993.

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ABSTRACT: Through increased temperature-related illness, exposure to wildfire smoke and air pollutants, and more frequent and intense natural disasters, climate change is disproportionately affecting the health of people with disabilities. Although the evidence behind the health effects of climate change is growing, there remain critical research gaps in the physiatric literature that must be addressed. Increased education throughout the medical-education continuum is also needed to prepare physiatrists to address the climate-related health effects impacting their patient populations. Physiatrists and their member organizations should advocate for policies that address climate change with a focus on the unique needs of their patient population and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the policy making process.

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