[Training modules on climate change, heat, and health for medical assistants and nurses in outpatient care]

Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2019 May;62(5):620-628. doi: 10.1007/s00103-019-02942-w.
[Article in German]


The number of heatwaves is going to increase due to climate change and will pose a high health risk especially for elderly people. Additional risk factors like immobility, the need for care, chronic and acute diseases (worsening of symptoms), and the intake of medications lead to an increased sensitivity to heat in this particular age group. Nursing staff and medical assistants working in general practices are two important professions to reach the risk group during heatwaves and provide preventive and curative care.The "Klinikum der Universität München" has developed an interprofessional blended-learning program to sensitize for this topic and to enable those two professional groups to react adequately to heat events. It combines independent learning with the help of online videos and presentations and a face-to-face component for the practical application of knowledge through examples. The concept, the results, as well as the conclusion of the project, which completed in October 2018, are presented in this article.Educational programs are part of the adaption strategies to heat events. The "Recommendations for the creation of Heat Action Plans for the Protection of Human Health" state that advanced trainings and education of healthcare and social workers help to communicate relevant content to adequately act during heat periods. The developed educational program fulfills this demand.To enable the widest possible use, the training materials are available free of charge and can be downloaded from www.klimawandelundbildung.de .

Keywords: Education; Exsiccosis; Health care professionals; Heat adaptation; Home care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Climate Change*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Germany
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Heat Stress Disorders / therapy*
  • Hot Temperature*
  • Humans
  • Nursing