Nursing Science for Lifestyle-Related Diseases

Kazuko Nin, RN., Ph.D. Professor



As health and social lifestyles have been changing in recent years, lifestyle-related diseases have been increasing, even among younger people, posing important social problems. In this course, you will learn nursing intervention to prevent lifestyle-related diseases and their associated complications. You are expected to obtain knowledge about nursing care/treatment to help patients modify their behavior as well as nursing theories, and thus develop practical skills. You are also expected to cultivate your abilities to improve clinical practices and nursing education, and to review them based on scientific evidence.

Research and Education

Our research team is engaged in developing “nursing diagnostic indicators,” “nursing intervention techniques,” and “outcome indicators” for patients with chronic disorders. Specifically, for patients with diabetes to be protected from the development or advancement of complications, we are conducting research on: 1) self-care behavior, 2) nursing diagnosis/intervention for foot care and evaluation of the intervention, and 3) risks for developing foot ulcer in patients with diabetes. For patients with postoperative lymphedema such as those following an operation for uterine cancer, we are undertaking research on 4) nursing diagnosis/intervention for lymphatic drainage. For patients with respiratory or neuromuscular disorders, we are studying 5) nursing diagnosis/intervention for lung physiotherapy (squeezing).
Regarding educational activities, we are committed to cultivating the ability to comprehensively understand patients in different stages including the onset of lifestyle-related diseases and their remission, exacerbation, and acute exacerbation. We are also engaged in developing the assessment capability to solve nursing problems in patients with chronic disorders, as well as nursing intervention techniques and the ability to evaluate the intervention. For these purposes, training contents are focused on understanding peripheral theories for nursing diagnosis, acquiring nursing intervention techniques, and analyzing the results. Instructors for our team are working for the outpatient departments at the Kyoto University Hospital. Exploiting these advantages to the full, we provide a curriculum incorporating seminars and practices as well as lectures, thus aiming to nurture competitive clinical nurses and teachers equipped with superior nursing intervention techniques

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1.Sumikawa MD, Egawa T, Honda I, Yamamoto Y, Sumikawa Y, Kubota M (2007) Effects of foot care intervention including nail drilling combined with topical antifungal application in diabetic patients with onychomycosis. The Journal of Dermatology, 34, 456-464.
2.Daitoku M, Egawa T, Fujiwara Y, Okumiya A(2007) Effects of foot care intervention on self-care behavior in the patients with diabetes mellitus. Journal of the Japan Diabetes Society 50(2) p 163-172.
3.T. Tanaka, H. Masuzaki, S. Yasue, K. Ebihara, T. Shiuchi, T. Ishii, N. Arai, M. Hirata, H. Yamamoto, T. Hayashi, K. Hosoda, Y. Minokoshi, K. Nakao. Central Melanocortin Signaling Restores Skeletal Muscle AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Phosphorylation in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet. Cell Metab. 5(5):395-402, 2007.
4.Ida, et. al. Clinical utility of dual bioelectrical impedance analysis instrument in evaluation of abdominal adiposity. Obesity, in press, 2013.
5.Aotani, et al. Functional magnetic resonance imaging analysis of food-related brain activity in patients with lipodystrophy undergoing leptin-replacement therapy. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 97:3663-71, 2012


Professor:Kazuko Nin
Email address: Kazuko Nin  nin atmark
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