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Title: Consensus on Prioritisation of Actions for Reducing the Environmental Impact of a Large Tertiary Hospital: Application of the Nominal Group Technique.
Austin Authors: Davies, Jessica F;McGain, Forbes;Francis, Jillian J
Affiliation: Anaesthesia
Department of Critical Care, School of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia.
School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia.
Issue Date: 23-Feb-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: International journal of environmental research and public health 2023; 20(5):3978
Abstract: Hospitals are the largest greenhouse gas producers within the Australian healthcare sector due to the large amounts of energy, resource utilization, equipment and pharmaceuticals required to deliver care. In order to reduce healthcare emissions, healthcare services must take multiple actions to address the broad range of emissions produced when delivering patient care. The goal of this study was to seek consensus on the priority actions needed to reduce the environmental impact of a tertiary Australian hospital. A nominal group technique was utilized within a multidisciplinary, executive-led environmental sustainability committee to find consensus on the 62 proposed actions to reduce the environmental impact of a tertiary Australian hospital. Thirteen participants joined an online workshop during which an educational presentation was delivered, 62 potential actions were privately ranked according to two domains of 'amenability to change' and 'scale of climate impact' and a moderated group discussion ensued. The group achieved verbal consensus on 16 actions that span staff education, procurement, pharmaceuticals, waste, transport and advocacy on all-electric capital works upgrades. In addition, the individual ratings of potential actions according to each domain were ranked and shared with the group. Despite a large number of actions and varied perspectives within the group, the nominal group technique can be used to focus a hospital leadership group on priority actions to improve environmental sustainability.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20053978
ORCID: 0000-0002-2844-8865
Journal: International journal of environmental research and public health
PubMed URL: 36901002
ISSN: 1660-4601
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: climate change
environmental sustainability
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