Care & Heat

The rising temperature influences health and care situations. Citizen scientists and health professionals are invited to share their experiences.

heat, care, climate change

The project overview

Area of Science: Social Sciences
Location: German speaking countries
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: a computer is an advantage
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, analysing, other activities
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.09.2016 - 30.11.2017
Time to join in: 01.01.2017 - 30.06.2017
Expenditure of time: depending on citizen scientist: 10 min - 10h

Project objective

The objectives of the project aim at researching impacts of and adaptation to climate change with heat periods during summer regarding care situations in Austria. Objectives are: 1) to generate written narratives recording the influence of heat on care situations; 2) to identify critical incidents concerning heat in care situations; 3) to gain insights into how care givers (formal and informal) as well as chronically ill and/or elderly people perceive and adapt to climate change impacts, i.e. heat waves, in terms of coping strategies.

Citizens with care experiences, health professionals, interested students and the wider public can participate in this project.

1) Participation in narrative dialogue groups that offer an open communicative space to raise crucial issues out of their perspective on care and heat.
2) Participation in the „Call for narratives“ (PDF): Experiences can be written down and sent to the Collection of Biographical records.
3) Preliminary research results are online and ready for comments. Contributions until August 15th can be considered in the evaluation.

The contributions will be saved. Participants decide whether their contribution can be made public - and thus accessible to others - or not. Contributions can also be published under a different name (pseudonym). Selected contributions are evaluated and analysed in view of commonalities and differences. This way “typical stories” and structures become visible.

Participating and supporting institutions


Assoc. Elisabeth Reitinger

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