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Pain, Quality of Life and Activity in Aged Evacuees Living in Temporary Housing after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011: A Cross-Sectional Study in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture

Yabuki, S., Ouchi, K., Kikuchi, S., and Konno, S. (2015). Pain, Quality of Life and Activity in Aged Evacuees Living in Temporary Housing after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011: A Cross-Sectional Study in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 16:246.

The authors surveyed 71 older evacuees and found significantly lower quality-of-life scores (compared to the national average) for the following subscales: “physical functioning,” “role physical,” “general health,” “social functioning,” “role emotional,” and “mental health.” The authors emphasize the importance of treating both physical and emotional effects experienced by disaster survivors.
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