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 - Social Medicine - Health Administration
Health Informatics
In today’s society, the impact of health-related information on human behavior and health can be just as profound as, or in some cases, more profound than, the impact of physical environment on human health. This field of study explores how information can contribute to improving people’s health behavior/health-care-seeking behavior, and decision-making in community health. The main topics to be covered are: Evidence-based healthcare (EBHC); decision analysis, health literacy & communication; epidemiologic research including genome approach, quantitative and qualitative assessment of health-related information; e-Health; and information ethics.

  Takeo Nakayama, M.D., Ph.D.
Research and Education
Epidemiology (required): Epidemiology is the study of the distribution of illness in populations and its application to the control of health problems. This course will provide students with the fundamental ideas about methodologies and principles of epidemiology. Literature Search (elective): This course serves as an introduction to literature search using some of the largest databases for citations and abstracts from medical literature, such as PubMed, The Cochrane Library, and the web of Japan Medical Abstracts Society.
Critical Appraisal (elective): This course will explore not only how to examine but also how to use a range of health-related information based on the knowledge of epidemiology and evidence-based medicine (EBM).
Health Informatics (elective): This course will explore how to collect, store, communicate, retrieve, and evaluate health-related information and data. From the point of view of epidemiology and EBM, this course will consider how health-related information from various sources may differ from each other and how such information can be used in an effective and constructive way. Issues related to information literacy, information sharing, and information ethics will also be addressed. Lecture and discussion on the status quo of advanced medicine and a hospital tour will be provided in collaboration with the department of clinical medicine.
Analysis of epidemiologic data (elective): This course offers the opportunity to analyze real epidemiologic data.
Special lectures on evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines (elective, exclusive for MCR course): This course offers the opportunity to learn current concepts and methodologies related with EBM and clinical practice guidelines.
Field work: This course offers the opportunity to participate in the activities of field epidemiology (e.g., Nagahama study run by Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine).

Department of Health Informatics
Professor Takeo Nakayama

Yoshimitsu Takahashi

Kikuko Miyazaki
TEL +81-75-753-9477
FAX +81-75-753-9478
Recent Publications
1. Tanaka Y, Nakayama T, Nishimori M, Sato Y. Lidocaine for preventing postoperative sore throat. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Jul 8;(3):CD004081
2. Nagai S, et al. Earlier versus later continuous Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC)for stable low-birth-weight infants: a randomized controlled trial. Acta Paediatrica. 2010 Jan 27.
3. Nakaoka S, et al. Adherence in performing echocardiography to detect valvulopathy associated with the use of ergot-derived dopamine agonists in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Internal Medicine. 2011;50(7):687-94
4. Mori H, et al. Characteristics of caregiver perceptions of end-of-life caregiving experiences in cancer survivorship: in-depth interview study. Psycho-oncology. 2011 Mar 23. doi: 10.1002/pon.1964. [Epub ahead of print]
5. Takahashi Y, et al. Internet use for health-related information via personal computers and cell phones in Japan: a cross-sectional population-based survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2011 Oct-Dec; 13(4): e110.
6. Kimura S, et al. Development of a Database of Health Insurance Claims: Standardization of Disease Classifications and Anonymous Record Linkage. Journal of Epidemiology. 2010 ;20(5):413-9
7. Kaso M, et al. Breastfeeding Information in Midwifery Textbooks in Japan: Content Analysis with Evaluation Standards based on Delphi Method. Journal of Human Lactation. 2011 Sep 15.
8. Miyazaki K, et al. Verification of the psychometric properties of the Japanese version of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality of life questionnaire core15palliative (EORTCQLQ-C15-PAL). Quality of Life Research. 2012; 21: 335-340.
9. Ohura T, et al. Reliability and Validity Testing of a Performance Evaluation Tool Based on the Modified Barthel Index. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 2011;18(8):422-8.
10. Kirigaya D, et al. Management and treatment of osteoporosis in patients receiving long-term glucocorticoid treatment: Current status of adherence to clinical guidelines and related factors. Internal Medicine 2011;50(22):2793-800