Principal Investigator: Junaid A. Razzak, Johns Hopkins
The purpose of this study was to develop and test a set of interventions to reduce the impact of extreme heat on urban low-income populations. There were three main objectives:
The study developed and tested a set of interventions called Heat Emergency Education and Treatment (HEAT), which were designed using current evidence, international best practices, and with relevance to low resource settings. The study filled several critical gaps in research by carrying out the first randomised controlled trial comprised of a set of customised community- and hospital-based interventions in a low-income urban population, with inclusion of a control group of similar socio-economic status in the same city.
The study also include standardised assessment for categorising causes of heat related morbidity and mortality, and attempted to control for some of the important external confounders by collecting data before the intervention was carried out. In order to align the research intervention with what could be done in real life, the study team relied on indigenous community health mobilisers and the infrastructure present in local healthcare facilities.
Get an overview of this research study and its findings in this research snapshot.
The HEAT Provider Manual was produced and utilised by the investigators to train healthcare personnel in the hospitals that participated in the trial.View
A Treatment algorhithm accompanied the HEAT Provider Manual.View
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