ILAE Climate Change Commission

Climate Change – Attitudes and Actions Survey for epilepsy professionals and researchers

19 April, 2023

The adverse effect of climate change on human health has been recognized. The recent Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reinforces the need for societies to take adaptive actions to protect human health from the adverse consequences of climate change. Several studies have suggested that people’s perception and attitudes towards climate change risk for human health are closely related to adaptive and mitigation actions. Knowledge of climate change is therefore necessary for people to adapt and act appropriately.

Based on this premise, the objective of this survey from the ILAE Climate Change Commission is to collect baseline data on knowledge, perception and awareness of epilepsy professionals and researchers about climate change and its impact on daily life, as well as on their professional activities and people with epilepsy. We also hope to understand which adaptive/mitigation measures are perceived as necessary at both personal, institutional and ILAE levelsh. To develop the survey, previous surveys of physicians and medical students regarding climate change were reviewed and adapted for ILAE members. Based on the survey results, we hope to develop education programs promoting more sustainable practices.

Participation deadline: 31 December 2023