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Title: Psychosocial support for the examinees and their families during the secondary confirmatory examination: Analyses of support records at first visit
Authors: Setou, Noriko
Suzuki, Satoru
Matsuzuka, Takashi
Iwadate, Manabu
Maeda, Masaharu
Namekata, Yuko
Yoshida, Fusae
Oshima, Kayoko
Ohira, Tetsuya
Yasumura, Seiji
Ohto, Hitoshi
Kamiya, Kenji
Yokoya, Susumu
Shimura, Hiroki
Affiliation: 放射線医学県民健康管理センター
Source title: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Volume: 67
Issue: 2
Start page: 53
End page: 63
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: Background and Purpose The Thyroid Ultrasound Examination (TUE) program is conducted as part of the Fukushima Health Management Survey. Following the established criteria, examinees are called in for a secondary confirmation examination, which may induce high anxiety related to a thyroid cancer for both the examinees and their families. Therefore, Fukushima Medical University created the Thyroid Support Team to reduce anxiety. The purpose of this study is to analyze the psychosocial support for examinees and their families through two types of records, and to clarify the current issues and determine future directions of support. Materials and methods We analyzed 223 records of support for the first visit of examinees who attended the secondary confirmatory examination, conducted at Fukushima Medical University from September 2018 to March 2019. Results During the first visit, frequent topics and questions brought up by the examinees and their families were about the "Thyroid Ultrasound Examination (TUE) program" and "Examination findings". The Thyroid Support Team members assisted them by "Responding to questions", "Confirming the doctor's explanation" and "Providing information". The percentage of people with high anxiety decreased in both examinees and their family members after the examination. The level of anxiety was lower among those who had already taken the secondary confirmatory examination. Family members' anxiety was significantly higher than that of the examinees, and anxiety levels were highly correlated between examinees and their families. Conclusion The psychosocial support for examinees and their families was important in reducing their anxiety. Currently there are changes in social conditions and various opinions concerning the TUE. Thus, careful explanation and the need for decision-making supports for the examinees and their families increased. Also, we should take into account the aging of the examinees and expanding the available psychosocial support.
Publisher: The Fukushima Society of Medical Science
Publisher (Alternative foam): 福島医学会
language: eng
URI: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/handle/123456789/1585
Full text URL: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1585/1/FksmJMedSci_67_p53.pdf
ISSN: 0016-2590
DOI: 10.5387/fms.2021-01
PubMed ID: 34373400
Related Page: https://doi.org/10.5387/fms.2021-01
Rights: © 2021 The Fukushima Society of Medical Science. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons [Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International] license.
Rights: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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