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Equality Impact Assessment: How to Reduce the Risk of Seasonal Excess Deaths Systematically in Vulnerable Older People to Impact at Population Level

Creator:

Smithies, J., Health Inequalities National Support Team

Subject Keywords: CLIMATE, CLIMATE CHANGE, FUEL POVERTY, MORTALITY, OLDER PEOPLE, VULNERABLE GROUP, WELLBEING
Set: Fuel Poverty
Health Inequalities
Type: Guideline
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

This 'how to' guide is part of a resource pack 'redoubling efforts to achieve the 2010 national health inequalities life expectancy target' produced by the Department of Health. In November 2009, the Office for National Statistics reported an estimated 36,700 excess winter deaths for the period 2008/09. This was a 49% increase over the previous year. The majority of these deaths occurred in people aged 75 years and over. The evidence supports the hypothesis that the colder the winter, the greater the risk that vulnerable adults aged over 75 will die from a cold-related cause. With these facts in mind HINST has identified Seasonal Excess Death as an area that requires systematic action across partnerships as part of its priority action list (PAL) to help meet the 2010 life expectancy target. This ‘How to’ guide will enable you to identify those in the community who are most vulnerable and most likely to be susceptible to EWD. Working in partnership, support can be offered to these individuals in the form of a variety of services that can improve their health, well-being and resilience when dealing with extremes of cold or during a heatwave.

Date:

19/03/2010

Rights: © Crown
Suggested citation:

Smithies, J., Health Inequalities National Support Team. (2010) Equality Impact Assessment: How to Reduce the Risk of Seasonal Excess Deaths Systematically in Vulnerable Older People to Impact at Population Level [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/12768 [Accessed: 26th May 2018].

  

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