Special Issue "The Impact of Heatwaves on Population Health and Healthcare Systems"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Factors and Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 105

Special Issue Editors

CRIMEDIM — Center for Research and Training in Disaster Medicine, Humanitarian Aid and Global Health, Università del Piemonte Orientale, 28100 Novara, Italy
Interests: disaster medicine; emergency medicine; public health; climate change
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Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
Interests: emergency medicine; anesthesia; critical care; environmental physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is an inevitable effect of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which is contributing to a dramatic increase in weather-related disasters (WRDs). Among these, heatwaves are defined as periods when temperatures—or temperatures in combination with other factors—are unusually and hazardously high. Heatwaves are increasing both in intensity and frequency and are undoubtedly posing a severe risk for humankind, resulting in higher mortality and morbidity. The current available literature is focused on all-cause and specific-cause mortality, but also demonstrates the increased morbidity of populations, especially in cases of frail strata (e.g., the elderly, subjects with chronic or psychiatric disease). Heatwaves also cause overload of emergency health services, with a steep increase in emergency department visits, ambulance calls, and/or hospital admissions having been reported by several authors from different countries. However, evidence evaluating the efficacy of adaptation strategies and interventions is scarce.  We are pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue. Papers addressing current gaps in relation to the effects of heatwaves on populations and healthcare systems and aiming to provide high-quality, useful evidence to stakeholders are welcome, especially original studies evaluating the effectiveness of interventions.

We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Dr. Matteo Paganini
Prof. Dr. Enrico M. Camporesi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • disaster medicine
  • global health
  • public health
  • epidemiology
  • heatwave
  • climate change

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