[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
Symptom and medication scores are recommended to measure the primary outcome on allergies. The Allergy Control Score was proved to be a valid and reliable instrument to assess allergy severity in clinical trials and may be used in observational studies of respiratory allergic diseases in many countries. We translated the Allergy Control Score and adapted it for use in Japan.
We translated the original English version into Japanese according to the Mapi approach to linguistic validation: conceptual definition, forward translation by two native Japanese speakers, reconciliation, back-translation by an independent translator, review in consultation with original developer, and pilot testing on 12 patients of an allergy clinic and 3 volunteers with seasonal/non-seasonal allergic rhinitis and/or asthma.
Two of the ten back-translated items needed slight modifications and some words were revised. In the pilot test, the average time required to complete the questionnaire was 55 seconds for the section on symptoms and 25 seconds for the section on medication. All participants were able to self-complete the questionnaire.
By applying the Mapi approach to linguistic validation, we ensured a close match between the Japanese and English versions of the Allergy Control Score. The Allergy Control Score Japanese version is accessible and acceptable to persons with respiratory allergic symptoms in Japan.
Allergology International 06/2013; 62(3). DOI:10.2332/allergolint.12-OA-0519 · 2.46 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Since 2001 the University of Hawaii School of Medicine has conducted a 5-day workshop on clinical reasoning for Japanese medical students. To determine how Japanese medical students learn clinical reasoning at a US-based educational workshop.
This qualitative study used 20 semi-structured interviews with students, non-participant observation, and videotapes of 40 standardized-patient encounters.
Participants initially struggled with linguistic and cultural differences, then acquired an understanding of medical interviewing. Students understood clinical reasoning as a process of connecting with the patient using rapport building in order to gather information necessary to form a differential diagnosis and test hypotheses in conjunction with the physical examination. These findings supported a model of Interactive Reasoning.
Our findings suggest that foreign medical students can overcome linguistic and cultural barriers at a US-based workshop and acquire an understanding of medical interviewing and clinical reasoning.
Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 02/2010; 16(2):SR16-20. · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although qualitative studies have increased since the 1990s, some reports note that relatively few influential journals published them up until 2000. This study critically reviewed the characteristics of qualitative studies published in top tier medical journals since 2000. We assessed full texts of qualitative studies published between 2000 and 2004 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine. We found 80 qualitative studies, of which 73 (91%) were published in BMJ. Only 10 studies (13%) combined qualitative and quantitative methods. Sixty-two studies (78%) used only one method of data collection. Interviews dominated the choice of data collection. The median sample size was 36 (range: 9-383). Thirty-three studies (41%) did not specify the type of analysis used but rather described the analytic process in detail. The rest indicated the mode of data analysis, in which the most prevalent methods were the constant comparative method (23%) and the grounded theory approach (22%). Qualitative data analysis software was used by 33 studies (41%). Among influential journals of general medicine, only BMJ consistently published an average of 15 qualitative study reports between 2000 and 2004. These findings lend insight into what qualities and characteristics make a qualitative study worthy of consideration to be published in an influential journal, primarily BMJ.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To date, medical schools and clinical training hospitals in Japan that require students to show immunity for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis B prior to the commencement of residency are limited.
This qualitative study used focus group interviews to elucidate why medical students do not undergo vaccination. A total of three groups were identified and interviewed: group A (two men, three women), group B (two men, two women), group C (three men, two women). All recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed according to the constant comparative method with a series of codes and categories.
Findings elucidated that vaccination for medical students is not mandatory in Japan. Analysis found that the factors that influence willingness to be vaccinated can be divided into three dimensions (individual level, university/regional hospital level, governmental level) and two primary categories (cost of vaccination, awareness of vaccination) consisting of 10 codes. These factors did not exist in isolation, but have mutually overlapping areas.
Vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases is essential to a hospital's infectious-disease countermeasures and cannot continue to be overlooked by physicians (at the individual level), by universities and residency programs (at the community level) nor by the government (at the national level).
Pediatrics International 07/2008; 50(3):300-5. DOI:10.1111/j.1442-200X.2008.02576.x · 0.73 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BackgroundEvidence-Based Medicine. Physicians who properly practise EBM use both individual clinical expertise and the best available
external evidence—neither one to the exclusion of the other. This remains the modality of EBM however and, unfortunately,
is rarely practised. Evidence-Based Public Health. Similar to EBM, EBPH too is often misunderstood to mean a direct application
of the evidence. Such a dogmatic interpretation of this evidence can be seen as a manifestation of representationalism, the
philosophic stance that some ways of looking at the world give a more privileged and unmediated view of reality than others.
Methods and resultsThis commentary provides a critical perspective on the current use and misuse of EBPH. As EBM has been in usage longer than
EBPH, we start with comments on EBM.
ConclusionA reconsideration of EBPH would admit that values cannot be expunged from our work; rather, they need to play a foundational
role. We must draw upon other forms of knowing, such as the arts, in order to practice medicine and public health with attention
to transcendent concerns such as morality and social justice.
Journal of Public Health 06/2008; 16(3):169-172. DOI:10.1007/s10389-007-0156-7 · 2.06 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Compared to institutional and area-based ethics committees, little is known about the structure and activities performed by ethics committees at national medical organizations and societies. This five year follow-up study aimed to determine (1) the creation and function of ethics committees at medical organizations in Japan, and (2) their general strategies to deal with ethical problems. The study sample included the member societies of the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences (n=92 in 1998, n=96 in 2003). Instruments consisted of two sections: (1) the structure, function and activities of ethics committees, and (2) the strategies for dealing with ethical problems. Response rates were 84.4% in 1998 and 64.4% in 2003. Findings showed a significant increase of ethics committees at medical organizations between 1998 (25.6%) and 2003 (50.0%). Members were mostly male, medical doctors in clinical or basic medicine, and members of the organization. The major functions of ethics committees were ethical reviews of research protocols, policy making and ethical reviews of manuscripts submitted for journal publication. Among organizations that did not have an ethics committee, a significant decrease was found in organizations that replied that they had never experienced an ethical problem which needed further investigation (p<0.01). Findings suggested an overall rise in awareness of the importance of ethical issues and also highlighted an increase in recognition of responsibility regarding ethical problems.
HEC Forum 04/2008; 20(1):49-60. DOI:10.1007/s10730-008-9059-4
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Today Asia is attracting attention in the area of bioethics. In fact, the potential of bioethics is beginning to be discussed seriously at academic centers across Asia. In Japan, this discussion began a decade ago with the publication The book is one of the principal explorations of biomedical ethics involving Japan to date. Tom Beauchamp, an author of one of the book's chapters, compares Japanese and American standards of informed consent and refutes relativistic positions, concluding that:
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Palliative care of the terminally ill requires not only treatment of physical pain, but also care for a patient's spiritual and social needs. In Japan, where many customs correlate closely with the seasons of fall, winter, spring, and summer, seasonal events carry significance for patients who have reached a terminal stage of disease. This study determined how Japanese hospice patients evaluate a program that celebrates seasonal events and considers the modality and significance of season events at hospices.
A questionnaire survey was conducted for 1 year between August 2000 and July 2001 at a hospice located in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan. Of the original 48 instruments, a total of 43 instruments were returned (response rate: 89.6%).
Results showed that 72.1% of respondents participated in seasonal events, and the majority of participants positively evaluated their experiences of seasonal events. Positive aspects included being able to get a feeling for the seasons (74.2%) and being able to interact with staff and volunteers (51.6%). Negative aspects included that the events were too long (9.7%) and tiring (6.5%), and that the events made one feel sad (6.5%). Reasons for participating in seasonal events included seeming fun (71.0%), recreative (58.1%), and being entertaining (48.4%).
Overall findings suggest that there is significance in celebrating the seasons with a monthly event at hospices. Further research is needed on the modality and experiences of celebrating the seasons at hospices in other nations.
Palliative and Supportive Care 10/2007; 5(3):251-4. DOI:10.1017/S1478951507000417 · 0.98 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There are few studies to use a template to ensure that information provided to the patient in the process of informed consent is consistent. To examine the differences between informed consent forms based on a template and those not based on a template.
An intervention study using a template for informed consent forms that could be modified according to test/treatment, specialty, setting and patient. Our sample included 22 departments at the University of Tokyo Hospital, a 1100-bed care referral center. Twelve items in each informed consent form were scored. Items included diagnosis and current condition, purpose of procedure, details and nature of procedure, effectiveness, patient specific information, changing one's mind, and the use of illustrations and figures. The 36 possible points for each form were summed for a total possible score of 108 points. Total scores and scores for each item were then compared between pre- and post-test forms.
Total number of points significantly increased from 70.9 to 96.9 between pre- and post intervention (p<0.001, paired t test). Internal medicine (pre: 68.6 to post: 101.9) showed a more significant increase in score than surgery (71.9 to 95.2) (ANOVA, pre-post: F(1,106)=324.8 p<0.001; interaction: F(1,106)=11.2, p<0.01). There was no difference in the rate of improvement between treatment and examination forms (ANOVA, pre-post: F(1, 106)=253.3, p<0.001; interaction: F(1,106)=2.8, p=0.1).
A template can increase the number of items described and the thoroughness in which they are described.
Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 08/2007; 13(8):PH15-8. · 1.43 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Effective psychiatric care requires physicians to address the problems of patient adherence to prescribed medications. The aim of this study was to understand physician-perceived barriers to, and effective strategies for, prescribing anti-depressants in Japan.
A qualitative study using semi-structured and key-informant interviews with a purposive sample of Japanese psychiatrists and key-informant physicians who had practiced in both the US and Japan.
Japanese psychiatrists recognize patient misperceptions, social stigma and resistance to acceptance of prescribed anti-depressant medication. Physicians also recognize that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) decrease rather than reinforce patient resistance. Physicians initially underdose, employ euphemisms and accept patient decisions to decline treatment by medication.
Even after the introduction of SSRI anti-depressants in 1999, Japanese psychiatrists' primary adherence strategy to initially underdose prescribed anti-depressants remains. The unstated physician strategy is to allow the pharmaceutical industry to address patient misperceptions, social stigma and the resistance to prescription therapies.
The results of this study delineate the fundamental strategies employed by Japanese physicians to address patient adherence to prescribed psychotropic medications, primarily to reduce the initial dose rather than to stress patient education.
Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics 07/2007; 32(3):241-5. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2710.2007.00816.x · 1.67 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Religious traditions can play a significant role in the shaping of bioethical thought. In Japan, traditional Buddhist and Shinto thought continue to influence contemporary bioethical perspectives. To better define this relationship, this paper examines the correlation between Japanese bioethical perspectives and Buddhist and Shinto thought. An in-depth discussion explores how Buddhist and Shinto scholars have used fundamental concepts with each religious tradition to agree and disagree with the disclosure of an incurable disease to a patient, brain death, and brain-dead organ transplantation.
Southern Medical Journal 02/2007; 100(1):115-7. DOI:10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31802e65a6 · 0.93 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ethics committees and their system of research protocol peer-review are currently used worldwide. To ensure an international standard for research ethics and safety, however, data is needed on the quality and function of each nation's ethics committees. The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics and developments of ethics committees established at medical schools and general hospitals in Japan.
This study consisted of four national surveys sent twice over a period of eight years to two separate samples. The first target was the ethics committees of all 80 medical schools and the second target was all general hospitals with over 300 beds in Japan (n = 1457 in 1996 and n = 1491 in 2002). Instruments contained four sections: (1) committee structure, (2) frequency of annual meetings, (3) committee function, and (4) existence of a set of guidelines for the refusal of blood transfusion by Jehovah's Witnesses.
Committee structure was overall interdisciplinary. Frequency of annual meetings increased significantly for both medical school and hospital ethics committees over the eight years. The primary activities for medical school and hospital ethics committees were research protocol reviews and policy making. Results also showed a significant increase in the use of ethical guidelines, particularly those related to the refusal of blood transfusion by Jehovah's Witnesses, among both medical school and hospital ethics committees.
Overall findings indicated a greater recognized degree of responsibilities and an increase in workload for Japanese ethics committees.
BMC Medical Ethics 02/2007; 8(1):8. DOI:10.1186/1472-6939-8-8 · 1.50 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Few studies have explored how physicians approach medical encounters in Japan.
This study examined how Japanese physicians conduct routine medical encounters in the context of outpatient care to patients with nonmalignant disorders.
Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews and direct observation.
The outpatient department of a general hospital located in an urban area of Japan.
Physicians and nurses providing care and patients receiving care for nonmalignant disorders.
A 2-dimensional model was developed, with patient communication (how physician interacted with patients) along 1 axis, and nurse communication (how physicians collaborated with nursing staff) along the other axis. Four physician communication styles (individually adaptive, individually defined, collaboratively adaptive, and collaboratively defined) were identified as typical ways in which the Japanese physicians in the sample interacted with patients and nurses during routine medical encounters.
Results suggest the need for a multiprovider-patient model of medical communication among physician, nurse, and patient. Further research is needed to establish the applicability of this model to the communication styles of physicians in other countries.
Journal of General Internal Medicine 11/2006; 21(10):1057-62. DOI:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00520.x · 3.42 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study examined the decision-making processes of donors in adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation. Twenty-two donors were interviewed using a semi-structured format. Interview contents were transcribed verbatim and analyzed qualitatively using grounded theory. A decision-making model was developed consisting of 5 stages: (1) recognition, (2) digestion, (3) decision-making, (4) reinforcement, and (5) resolution. The second and the third stages described donors' experiences of "reaching a decision"; the fourth and fifth stages described those of "facing transplantation." The central theme of this model was "having no choice," which consisted of 4 codes: (1) priority of life, (2) only LDLT, (3) for family, and (4) only me. In conclusion, this model can help health care professionals to understand the donor experience and, based on that understanding, to provide sufficient support to the donor.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rationale To examine how stroke professionals in Japan approach rehabilitation therapy.Methods This qualitative study was based on Grounded Theory. Data collection included (1) non-participatory observation, (2) non-structured interviews, and (3) semi-structured interviews. A national hospital located in an urban area of the prefecture of Kanagawa in Japan specializing in the treatment of stroke and other neurological disorders. Stroke professionals (doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists), patients and patients’ families.Results (1) Professionals recognized patient motivation as a factor related to rehabilitation outcome, but believed it to be a direct product of fostered fiduciary relationships and effective patient interaction. (2) Professionals regarded fiduciary relationships as the most important determinant of rehabilitation outcome. (3) Professionals adapted their behaviour and communication style in aims of fostering fiduciary relationships. These findings informed a three-component model of care: the Relationship-centred Model.Conclusions The Relationship-centred Model describes how stroke professionals in Japan approach rehabilitative therapy. This model of care may be preferred by patients in other countries who also favour a family-centred approach to decision making.
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 03/2006; 12(2):218 - 226. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2006.00621.x · 1.08 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Informed consent, decision-making styles and the role of patient-physician relationships are imperative aspects of clinical medicine worldwide. We present the case of a 74-year-old woman afflicted with advanced liver cancer whose attending physician, per request of the family, did not inform her of her true diagnosis. In our analysis, we explore the differences in informed-consent styles between patients who hold an "independent" and "interdependent" construal of the self and then highlight the possible implications maintained by this position in the context of international clinical ethics. Finally, we discuss the need to reassess informed-consent styles suitable to the needs of each patient regardless of whether he or she resides in the United States or in Japan.
The American Journal of Bioethics 01/2006; 6(1):9-14. DOI:10.1080/15265160500394549 · 5.29 Impact Factor