Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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Concerns of environmental health issues and its impacts: does physician provide information to patients?
Sanchoy Kumar Chanda, SK Khurshid Alam, Mosaraf Hossain Mollah

Last modified: 2015-08-16


Background and objectives: Bangladesh is facing a huge degradation of environment, massive deforestation in the name of urbanization, increased number of factories and other means that polluted environment, water resources and reservoirs have been dumped for constructing buildings. 25-30% population is now living in slums in a very congested and unhygienic situation. This rapid change showing strong impact on health, on re-merging disease pattern and very much linked to changed natural environment, living conditions and life style. Objectives of the study was to explore doctor’s attitude towards patient regarding environmental education, examine the awareness level of patients about environmental issues, health impacts, sources of information etc.

Methods: Cross-sectional data has been obtained from a face-to-face interview with a structured questionnaire from patients (n=784) and doctors (n=47) in fifteen hospitals and ten garment factories in Dhaka.

Results: Almost all patients expressed concerns on environmental issues, 47% patients mentioned doctors as source of information and they (63%) want to know more about pollution, genetically modified food related diseases etc. Doctors (24%) said that they talk about environmental degradation and consequences, others (76%) said their job is to provide treatment and no time to discuss about other issues.

Conclusions: There is huge information gap between doctors and patients regarding health impact of environmental pollution and changes where doctors have major responsibility for minimizing the gap and doctors should take time and have patience to pass this message, which is a part of their ethical practice as well.