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Linking disaster risk reduction and healthcare in locations with limited accessibility: Challenges and opportunities of participatory research

Kelman, I; Harris, M; (2021) Linking disaster risk reduction and healthcare in locations with limited accessibility: Challenges and opportunities of participatory research. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 18 (1) , Article 248. 10.3390/ijerph18010248. Green open access

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Abstract

Disaster risk reduction and healthcare support each other, including the mitigation of further harm after illness or injury. These connections are particularly relevant in locations which have permanent or temporary limited accessibility. In these circumstances, people are required to be self-sufficient in providing emergency and long-term healthcare with limited resources. Planning and preparing to mitigate further harm after illness or injury from disasters (disaster risk reduction) must include people living and working in locations with limited accessibility, meaning that participatory research can be used. The challenges and opportunities of enacting participatory research in such contexts have not been thoroughly examined. The research question of this paper is therefore, “What challenges and opportunities occur when participatory research links disaster risk reduction and healthcare to mitigate illness and injury in locations with limited accessibility?” To answer this research question, the method used is a qualitative evidence synthesis, combined with an overview paper approach. Two principal themes of challenges and opportunities are examined: defining the data and collecting the data. The themes are explored in theory and then through contextual examples. The conclusion is that an overarching challenge is divergent goals of research and actions that, when recognized, lead to opportunities for improved connections between disaster risk reduction and healthcare.

Type: Article
Title: Linking disaster risk reduction and healthcare in locations with limited accessibility: Challenges and opportunities of participatory research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18010248
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010248
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: disaster risk reduction; healthcare; limited accessibility; participatory research
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118306
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