Identifying and describing the impact of cyclone, storm and flood related disasters on treatment management, care and exacerbations of non-communicable diseases and the implications for public health

Added August 15, 2018

Ryan B., Franklin R.C., Burkle Jr F.M., et al. Identifying and describing the impact of cyclone storm and flood related disasters on treatment management, care and exacerbations of non-communicable diseases and the implications for public health. PLoS Currents. 2015:Sep 28;7.

Disasters have a significant negative impact on the health of people with non-communicable diseases. Future work should aim at assessing all the factors that influence direct and indirect (preventable) morbidity and mortality related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) during and after disasters.

This systematic review focused on examining the impact of cyclone, flood and storm related disasters on individuals with (or susceptible to) NCDs. Forty-eight articles were identified, all of which contained data from developed countries. Results indicated that, while the impact of disasters varies depending on the type of NCD, disasters could disrupt treatment management and care for people with NCDs, which could exacerbate their illness and even increase risk for death. Interruption of healthcare provision could be caused by damaged transport services, reduced healthcare services, loss of power, evacuations.

 

Disclaimer: This summary has been written by staff and volunteers of Evidence Aid in order to make the content of the original document accessible to decision makers who are searching for the available evidence for Windstorms but may not have the time, initially, to read the original report in full. This summary is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians, other health workers, professional associations, guideline developers, or national governments and international agencies. If readers of this summary think that the evidence that is presented within it is relevant to their decision-making they should refer to the content and details of the original article, and the advice and guidelines offered by other sources of expertise, before making decisions. Evidence Aid cannot be held responsible for any decisions made about Windstorms on the basis of this summary alone.

Share