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Heatwave plan evaluation

Catriona Carmichael and Graham Bickler

in Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663415
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191759116 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199663415.003.0022
Heatwave plan evaluation

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The development of heatwave plans incorporating HHWSs are important interventions designed to protect public health from increasingly frequent episodes of extreme heat. However, it is essential that their effectiveness is assessed and recommendations for improving organizational responses to a heatwave alert are garnered from those organizations who implement the plans. The rapid evaluation of the heatwave plan for England discussed here has shown how evaluation which incorporates a mixed methods approach utilizing epidemiological and qualitative techniques can add significant value to improving the operational response of organizations that have a public health protection role.

Existing plans can be enhanced by recommendations based on frontline practice and experience of policy implementation. Heatwave plan evaluations can also strengthen the evidence base on which policy is made and improve the epidemiological evidence base of the impacts of heat and health. The techniques employed in this evaluation are transferable to other plans which have been developed to respond to the public health impacts of extreme events such as flooding and severe cold weather.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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