Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?

The question of whether doctors should address climate change and its impacts on health has been one of active discussion.  We suggest the relevant question is not whether or not doctors should address this issue. That is far too simple.  Given that climate change has been called the greatest threat to public health globally (Lancet, 2015) how can doctors avoid discussion of the major health concern?  The more complex question is how, in what ways and at what points should doctors address these concerns with their patients. These are the conversations that psychiatrists should be having.  Leaders in CPA are looking more deeply at these complex clinical issues and developing guidelines and materials to expand this discussion at professional meetings. Click here for the article on the National Public Radio website.

Robin Cooper