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Excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold homes

Creator:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Subject Keywords: Death, Mortality, Winter, Climate, Housing, Cold home, Temperature
Set: Fuel Poverty
Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Guidance
NICE Guidance
Type: Guideline
Region: United Kingdom
Description:

The guideline is for commissioners, managers and health, social care and voluntary sector practitioners who deal with vulnerable people who may have health problems caused, or exacerbated, by living in a cold home.

It will also be of interest to clinicians and others involved with at-risk groups, housing and energy suppliers.

This guideline makes recommendations on how to reduce the risk of death and ill health associated with living in a cold home. The aim is to help:

  • Reduce preventable excess winter death rates.
  • Improve health and wellbeing among vulnerable groups.
  • Reduce pressure on health and social care services.
  • Reduce ‘fuel poverty’ and the risk of fuel debt or being disconnected from gas and electricity supplies
  • Improve the energy efficiency of homes.

Date:

01/03/2015

Rights: © NICE
Suggested citation:

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). (2015) Excess winter deaths and morbidity and the health risks associated with cold homes [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/843908 [Accessed: 27th May 2017].

  

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