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Keeping warm with sickle cell disease

Lead investigator Dr Anna Cronin de Chavez (PI)
Funded by Chesshire Lehmann Fund
Amount £5,000
Dates September 2014 - March 2015


To explore the heating and energy requirements of people with sickle cell disease in Yorkshire and understand what opportunities there are to increase effectiveness and efficiency of delivery and take up of energy use and services.


Rising fuel prices coupled with increasing financial constraints mean many households are not able to maintain the healthy recommended daytime room temperature of 21°C. Whilst this poses a general risk to health in the population, particularly among the very young and very old, there are some health conditions that are dangerously exacerbated by low room temperatures. People with sickle cell disease are at risk of painful sickle crisis and serious complications such as strokes brought on by cold-induced circulatory changes. Little is known about the experiences of people with chronic conditions in keeping warm at home. 

Some might wonder, 'Do they keep their home too warm out of fear of getting ill? Do others turn off their heating altogether, and risk getting seriously ill, worried about large fuel bills?' The aim of this study is to explore the heating requirements and behaviours of people with sickle cell disease, as an exemplar population with a condition affected by cold.

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Project team

Dr Anna Cronin de Chavez - Research fellow PhD, MSc, MA (Honours)

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