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Healthy people with nature in mind

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, December 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (92nd percentile)

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1 blog
policy
1 policy source
twitter
21 tweeters
facebook
3 Facebook pages

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Title
Healthy people with nature in mind
Published in
BMC Public Health, December 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2574-8
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Authors

Matilda Annerstedt van den Bosch, Michael H. Depledge

Abstract

The global disease burden resulting from climate change is likely to be substantial and will put further strain on public health systems that are already struggling to cope with demand. An up- stream solution, that of preventing climate change and associated adverse health effects, is a promising approach, which would create win-win-situations where both the environment and human health benefit. One such solution would be to apply methods of behaviour change to prompt pro-environmentalism, which in turn benefits health and wellbeing. Based on evidence from the behavioural sciences, we suggest that, like many social behaviours, pro- environmental behaviour can be automatically induced by internal or external stimuli. A potential trigger for such automatic pro-environmental behaviour would be natural environments themselves. Previous research has demonstrated that natural environments evoke specific psychological and physiological reactions, as demonstrated by self-reports, epidemiological studies, brain imaging techniques, and various biomarkers. This suggests that exposure to natural environments could have automatic behavioural effects, potentially in a pro-environmental direction, mediated by physiological reactions. Providing access and fostering exposure to natural environments could then serve as a public health tool, together with other measures, by mitigating climate change and achieving sustainable health in sustainable ecosystems. However, before such actions are implemented basic research is required to elucidate the mechanisms involved, and applied investigations are needed to explore real world impacts and effect magnitudes. As environmental research is still not sufficiently integrated within medical or public health studies there is an urgent need to promote interdisciplinary methods and investigations in this critical field. Health risks posed by anthropogenic climate change are large, unevenly distributed, and unpredictable. To ameliorate negative impacts, pro-environmental behaviours should be fostered. Potentially this could be achieved automatically through exposure to favourable natural environments, with an opportunity for cost-efficient nature-based solutions that provide benefits for both the environment and public health.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 95 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 26%
Student > Master 23 24%
Researcher 12 13%
Student > Bachelor 8 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 6%
Other 11 11%
Unknown 11 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 23 24%
Environmental Science 19 20%
Psychology 8 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 6%
Other 16 17%
Unknown 17 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 26. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 September 2019.
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#661,542
of 13,968,403 outputs
Outputs from BMC Public Health
#682
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Outputs of similar age
#21,095
of 361,274 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#82
of 1,108 outputs
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