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Title: Home-visit rehabilitation in a repopulated village after the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Authors: Saito, Yuta
Sato, Keiichiro
Itagaki, Tatsuya
Omata, Fumiya
Sawano, Toyoaki
Kobashi, Yurie
Nishikawa, Yoshitaka
Tsubokura, Masaharu
Hoshi, Wataru
Affiliation: 放射線健康管理学講座
Source title: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
Volume: 68
Issue: 2
Start page: 71
End page: 77
Issue Date: 2022
Abstract: Following the evacuation of areas affected by Japan's 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident, Kawauchi Village was one of the first municipalities repopulated. Although rehabilitation resources were limited, a healthcare facility near the municipality initiated home-visit rehabilitation in 2016. To the best of our knowledge, reports of home-visit rehabilitation in repopulated villages that were evacuated following a nuclear accident are lacking.This article describes a case study of home-visit rehabilitation in Kawauchi Village. The purpose of this study was to explore how users of home-visit rehabilitation services in Kawauchi Village perceive home-visit rehabilitation, and whether it had a positive impact on their daily life. A questionnaire survey was conducted, and their ability to perform activities of daily living was assessed, to understand the living conditions of the visiting-rehabilitation service users.We studied 10 rehabilitation-service users, with a mean age of 86.8 years, who had used the services for an average of 591.4 days. Themes that emerged from the open-ended questionnaire were "established exercise habits and improved physical functions," "the joy of returning to the village," "challenges in the mountainous areas" and "changes in relationships due to the earthquake or evacuation."In conclusion, home-visit rehabilitation was successfully implemented in the repopulated village, and helped maintain the users' physical functions. This may thus be a viable choice for rehabilitation care in repopulated areas after disasters.
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/123456789/1869
Full text URL: http://ir.fmu.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/123456789/1869/1/FksmJMedSci_68_p71.pdf
ISSN: 0016-2590
DOI: 10.5387/fms.2021-30
PubMed ID: 35584946
Related Page: https://doi.org/10.5387/fms.2021-30
Rights: © 2022 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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