Awareness and assessment of social determinants of health are important to ensure high-quality patient care, but it can be daunting to find information sources to ground one’s practice in evidence. The College Library has curated several reading lists to this end, with the newest list recognizing the importance of environmental and climate change on patient health and medical practice, collating resources focusing on planetary health.
In British Columbia, climate crises such as 2021’s summer heat dome and catastrophic flooding in the fall have highlighted how rapid and unpredictable environmental change can directly affect patient health and well-being. The planetary health list includes current articles, guidelines, online and physical books from the College Library’s collection, and high-quality websites encompassing topics such as heat-response planning, mental distress as a result of climate change, and changes in patterns of vector-borne disease.
In addition to resources supporting patient care, the planetary health reading list has information about sustainability in medical practice. Links to articles that discuss suggestions for environmental sustainability applicable to the family practice office, as well as sustainable surgical practices, may be found here.
To view this and other reading lists, such as race and health equity and trauma-informed care, visit www.cpsbc.ca/registrants/library/reading-lists. College registrants can also request more specific literature searches on planetary health–related topics, or on any other desired subject, via email to email@example.com or the literature search web form at www.cpsbc.ca/registrants/library/make-request.
This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.
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