FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

268(*1) Registered doctors: Based on the result of the mental health and lifestyle survey, these doctors examine patients requiring consultations by either a psychiatrist or pediatrician (the doctors have completed a training course held by medical universities). 101 doctors as of March 31, 2012 at 56 medical facilities◦ Experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake(5) Post-survey support(1)Each response was evaluated and analyzed by doctors at the medical university. For those who required consultation or support due to the status of their mental health, a Mental Health Support Team comprising clinical psychologists provided consultations via the telephone.(2)If the telephone consultations revealed that the individual required further examination by a doctor, she/he was referred to a “registered doctor (*1)” at medical facilities in the prefecture.(3)If the registered doctor who examined the individual considered it necessary, further psychological support was provided by institutions such as ours. Specifically, the Center for Children’s Mental Health and the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine for adults. (4)If the Mental Health Support Team received a consultation regarding radiation and if it required the assistance of a specialist, our Radiation Health Consultation Team consisting of our teachers handled the case. If the case required a personal examination, a doctor specialized in the field handled it.3. Implementation Status (as of March 31, 2012) (1)Collection status We mailed 210,189 questionnaires in mid-January and received 88,613 responses. Of these, 18,420 were from children (response rate 62.3 %) and 70,193 were from adults (response rate 38.9 %), which showed their degree of interest.The questionnaire also provided extra space in which respondents could write their opinions, requests, concerns of lifestyle changes, and questions about radioactive contaminations, among others. (2)Telephone support status Judging from responses, clinical psychologists and others called those needing support to provide assistance regarding mental health issues.1. Purpose of the SurveyDue to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident, many residents were forced to evacuate immediately, and their lifestyle routine drastically changed, causing them a great deal of concern and stress. This is particularly true for pregnant women who had to change their doctors or were unable to receive prenatal care, thereby leading to insufficient maternal and infant health management. In light of the abovementioned points, we are conducting the Survey for Pregnant Women so that expectant mothers are able to understand their current health status and refer to it for their long-term health management. In addition, the survey attempts to promote better obstetric and perinatal care in Fukushima Prefecture for those planning to deliver in Fukushima Prefecture.2. Implementation Schedule(1)Subjects◦ Women who received the Maternal and Child Health Handbooks in Fukushima between August 1, 2010, Survey for Pregnant WomenGroupNumber of subjects surveyedNumber of surveys collectedResponse rateNumber of subject requiring supportRate of support requirementChildren29,58518,42062.3%1,3117.1%General180,60470,19338.9%3,2914.7%Total210,18988,61342.2%4,6025.2%Fukushima Health Management Survey