Nursing and the barriers to sustainable healthcare: an international review of the literature

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Griggs, C., Fernandez, A. and Callanan, M. 2017. Nursing and the barriers to sustainable healthcare: an international review of the literature. British Journal of Nursing. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2017.26.22.1230
AuthorsGriggs, C., Fernandez, A. and Callanan, M.
Abstract

Objectives: global warming poses a serious threat to human health yet healthcare organisations and staff have been relatively slow to engage with sustainable healthcare practises. This review of the literature seeks to frame what is already known about nurses and their views on global warming and sustainable healthcare.

Design: eleven primary research papers were sources from a search of five mainstream databases. These papers were subject to a basic thematic analysis. Results: six themes were identified: Sustainability; Endemic Blindness to Global Issues; Environmental Numbness; Social Norms; Priority Assigned to Sustainability, and; Psychology of Responsibility and Blame.

Conclusion: from the literature reviewed it is clear there are a number of social, cultural and psychological barriers which have led to widespread inaction. This article recommends further research to understand the psychological barriers in more depth as this is a poorly understood area.

Year2017
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
PublisherMA Healthcare
ISSN0966-0461
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2017.26.22.1230
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Accepted01 Nov 2017
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