The Primer for B.C. Physicians and Resource for Informing Patients (the ‘primer’) was created in response to a survey of more than 150 BC doctors which indicated the need for more information on the impacts of air pollution on health.
It provides physicians with a synthesis of the current medical understanding of air pollutants and recommends what can be done to reduce health impacts from community level actions to individual decisions. While not a set of formal guidelines, the primer is well-researched and a collaborative, multi-agency effort produced by leading B.C. environmental health authorities and endorsed by researchers and scientists with international reputations in the field.
“It’s a new approach and to my knowledge, the first of its kind,” says Michael Brauer, Professor at UBC’s School of Environmental Health and co-author. “It lays the groundwork for an important, ongoing dialogue between authorities on environmental health and frontline health professionals.”
Contributors to the Primer for B.C. Physicians and Resource for Informing Patients include the BC Lung Association, UBC School of Environmental Health/Centre for Health and Environment Research, B.C. Centre for Disease Control, and the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.