Public Attitudes toward an Epidemiological Study with Genomic Analysis in the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster Area

Mami Ishikuro, Naoki Nakaya, Taku Obara, Yuki Sato, Hirohito Metoki, Masahiro Kikuya, Naho Tsuchiya, Tomohiro Nakamura, Fuji Nagami, Shinichi Kuriyama, Atsushi Hozawa

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Introduction The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 may have influenced the long-term health of those in the disaster area. It is important to collect current and future health information of the people living in the post-disaster area to provide appropriate health support and quality-oriented care. However, public perceptions of health and genomic studies in the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster area are still unknown. Methods A questionnaire survey was conducted in one town affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The results of the questionnaire were tailed and the differences in responses to each question were assessed by sex and age. Results In 284 eligible people (137 men, 147 women), almost all participants agreed to join a health survey investigating the adverse effects of the disaster, and over 80% of the total participants agreed to genomic analysis. Over 70% of the participants wanted to receive pharmacogenetic testing and to receive feedback on which medications were suitable or unsuitable for them. Conclusions Most people living in the disaster area are interested in health surveys. Most of the participants also showed interest in genomic analysis. Ishikuro M, Nakaya N, Obara T, Sato Y, Metoki H, Kikuya M, Tsuchiya N, Nakamura T, Nagami F, Kuriyama S, Hozawa A, the ToMMo Study Group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1


  • disasters
  • epidemiology
  • genome
  • public opinion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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