Protocol and Research Perspectives of the ToMMo Child Health Study after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake

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Author(s)

    • Kikuya Masahiro
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Tomita Hiroaki
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine|Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science
    • Kiyomoto Hideyasu
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Sugawara Junichi
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Hozawa Atsushi
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Fuse Nobuo
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Suzuki Yoichi
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Tsuji Ichiro
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Kure Shigeo
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Yaegashi Nobuo
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Yamamoto Masayuki
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Kuriyama Shinichi
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine|Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science
    • Ishikuro Mami
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Sato Yuki
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Obara Taku
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Metoki Hirohito
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Nakaya Naoki
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
    • Nagami Fuji
    • Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization, Tohoku University|Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine

Abstract

Residents of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake may suffer from diseases or health problems. We are conducting a cross-sectional study from 2012 to 2015 to investigate and address the health needs of schoolchildren affected by this disaster. In this paper, we describe the protocol and research perspectives of our long-term child health study, and present the results obtained immediately after the disaster. The parent-administered questionnaire includes the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood questionnaire for asthma and eczema symptoms, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), and a questionnaire on influenza infection and vaccination status. In 2012, we distributed the questionnaire to 3,505 (2<sup>nd</sup>, 4<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup>, and 8<sup>th</sup> graders) in three municipalities located in southern coastal area among the 28 municipalities, and 1,277 (36.4%) returned the completed questionnaire. Mean age was 11.1 ± 2.2 years old. The number of children with symptoms of wheeze and eczema in the past 12 months was 146 (11.4%) and 199 (15.6%), respectively. The SDQ total difficulties score revealed 174 (13.6%) children with some form of difficulty in their daily lives. From May 2011 to April 2012, 195 (15.3%) and 649 (50.8%) children received the influenza vaccination once and twice, respectively, and 532 (41.7%) had suffered from influenza. The prevalence of eczema symptoms or some form of difficulty was higher than the Japanese average. However, careful interpretation was required because of potential self-selection bias from the low response rate. We will continue this study of schoolchildren to provide aggregate findings.

Journal

  • The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine

    The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine 236(2), 123-130, 2015

    Tohoku University Medical Press

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130005074327
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0040-8727
  • Data Source
    J-STAGE 
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