5. Low-Carbon Clinical Care

  1. Knut Schroeder1,2,
  2. Trevor Thompson2,3,
  3. Kathleen Frith4 and
  4. David Pencheon5

Published Online: 9 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118342527.ch5

Sustainable Healthcare

Sustainable Healthcare

How to Cite

Schroeder, K., Thompson, T., Frith, K. and Pencheon, D. (2012) Low-Carbon Clinical Care, in Sustainable Healthcare, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118342527.ch5

Author Information

  1. 1

    Concord Medical Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  2. 2

    Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  3. 3

    Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

  4. 4

    Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  5. 5

    NHS Sustainable Development Unit, East of England Strategic Health Authority, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656716

Online ISBN: 9781118342527



  • low-carbon clinical care;
  • more sustainable care as better care;
  • sustainability and quality, alongside effectiveness/acceptability;
  • sustainable clinical care, and changing traditional ways;
  • UNFPA, and family planning services;
  • medicine focus on diagnosis/treatment, neglecting disease prevention;
  • medication prescription in clinical care/sustainability implications;
  • reducing unnecessary prescriptions, minimising the carbon impact;
  • unused medicines, and environmental implications;
  • collaborative action, sharing best practices


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • More sustainable care is better care

  • Key areas for making clinical care more sustainable

  • Providing effective contraception

  • Preventing disease and promoting better health

  • The effects of clinical decision making

  • Rational and responsible prescribing

  • Avoiding medicine waste

  • ‘Leaner’ service delivery

  • Educating and empowering patients

  • Calling for collaborative action

  • Key points

  • References