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Climate change and human health: what are the research trends? A scoping review protocol
  1. Niamh Herlihy1,
  2. Avner Bar-Hen1,2,
  3. Glenn Verner1,3,
  4. Helen Fischer4,
  5. Rainer Sauerborn5,
  6. Anneliese Depoux1,6,
  7. Antoine Flahault1,7,
  8. Stefanie Schütte1
  1. 1Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France
  2. 2Laboratoire MAP5, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
  3. 3French School of Public Health, Paris-Rennes, France
  4. 4Institute of Psychology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  5. 5Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  6. 6Groupe de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur les Processus d'information et de Communication (EA 1498), Université Paris Sorbonne-Celsa, Paris, France
  7. 7Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stefanie Schütte; stefanie.schutte{at}


Introduction For 28 years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been assessing the potential risks associated with anthropogenic climate change. Although interest in climate change and health is growing, the implications arising from their interaction remain understudied. Generating a greater understanding of the health impacts of climate change could be key step in inciting some of the changes necessary to decelerate global warming. A long-term and broad overview of the existing scientific literature in the field of climate change and health is currently missing in order to ensure that all priority areas are being adequately addressed. In this paper we outline our methods to conduct a scoping review of the published peer-reviewed literature on climate change and health between 1990 and 2015.

Methods and analysis A detailed search strategy will be used to search the PubMed and Web of Science databases. Specific inclusion and exclusion criteria will be applied in order to capture the most relevant literature in the time frame chosen. Data will be extracted, categorised and coded to allow for statistical analysis of the results.

Ethics and dissemination No ethical approval was required for this study. A searchable database of climate change and health publications will be developed and a manuscript will be complied for publication and dissemination of the findings. We anticipate that this study will allow us to map the trends observed in publications over the 25-year time period in climate change and health research. It will also identify the research areas with the highest volume of publications as well as highlight the research trends in climate change and health.

  • Research Methods
  • Climate Change
  • Global Health

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  • Contributors NH wrote the first draft of the paper and initiated data collection. AB-H advised on study methods and conducted preliminary analysis. GV contributed to the initial study methods. HF revised the draft paper. RS initiated the project, advised on study methods and revised the draft paper. AD revised the draft paper. AF advised on study methods and revised the draft paper. SS designed the study design, initiated data collection and contributed to the first draft of the paper. All authors approved the final version of the paper.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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