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Is environmental sustainability training fundamental to healthcare leadership? State of the art with health students and health leaders

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This paper addresses the relevance of climate change and environmental learning in health professional . Recent publications have shown the importance of understanding sustainability and environmental issues in healthcare management. Indeed, after years of underestimation, medical and public health professionals today acknowledge that the environment has a strong effect on human health. Conducted between April and June 2021, a quantitative study among 3,384 French medical and health students shows that the need for training on energy and climate issues is urgent and crucial. The findings are consistent with the international literature. The contrast is sharp between students’ expectations about environmental skills and the reality of the available course offer. Learning about energy, climate and environment is currently not a priority in the curriculum of healthcare professionals, including managers. Sustainability, however, clearly appears as a ‘must’ among the essentials in healthcare leadership. What these findings suggest is that healthcare managers can no longer afford to ignore environmental sustainability as an essential skills domain in their long-term capacity to contribute to the necessary healthcare environmental adaptation, mitigation and resilience.
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hal-04156871 , version 1 (05-10-2023)

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Marine Sarfati, Alessia Lefébure, Cyrille Harpet, Estelle Baurès, Laurie Marrauld. Is environmental sustainability training fundamental to healthcare leadership? State of the art with health students and health leaders. Management in Healthcare, 2023, 8 (1), pp.57-69. ⟨hal-04156871⟩
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