Care & Heat

The rising temperature influences health and care situations. Citizen scientists and health professionals were 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 aimed at researching impacts of and adaptation to climate change with heat periods during summer regarding care situations in Austria. Objectives were: 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 participated in this project.

1) Participation in narrative dialogue groups that offered 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 have be written down and sent to the Collection of Biographical records.
3) Preliminary research results were online and contributions have been considered in the evaluation.


The contributions have been saved. Certain participants were invited to decide upon whether their contribution could be made public - and thus accessible to others - or not. Contributions could also be published under a different name (pseudonym). Selected contributions were evaluated and analysed in view of commonalities and differences. This way “typical stories” and structures became visible.

Participating and supporting institutions


Assoc. Elisabeth Reitinger

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