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Himeji, Japan

University of KinDAI Himeji is a private university in Himeji, Hyōgo, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1951, and it was chartered as a university in 2006. Wikipedia.

Hara S.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | Miura H.,Japan National Institute of Public Health | Yamasaki K.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare | Morisaki N.,University of KinDAI Himeji | Sumi Y.,Center for Development of Advanced Medicine for Dental and Oral Diseases
Japanese Journal of Geriatrics | Year: 2015

Purpose: We carried out a cross-sectional study investigating the association between health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and voice, as evaluated by an acoustic analysis, in elderly residents of a nursing home. Methods: The HRQOL of 61 elderly nursing home residents (mean age: 82.1±8.3 years) was assessed via the SF-8 Health Survey questionnaire, Japanese version (SF-8). The subjects' voices were recorded and analyzed by a voice assessment software program, which calculated the pitch period perturbation quotient (PPQ), amplitude perturbation quotient (APQ), and noise-to-harmonic ratio (NHR).Results: Subjects who scored under the 25th percentile on general health (GH), vitality (VT), or physical summary (PCS) in the SF-8 showed significantly higher PPQ, APQ, and NHR scores in comparison to their counterparts (p<0.05). After adjustment for age, lower GH scores were found to be associated with higher PPQ, APQ, and NHR scores; lower VT scores were associated with higher APQ and NHR scores; and lower PCS scores were associated with higher APQ and NHR scores (p<0.05). Conclusion: The results of the acoustic analysis indicated that voice was associated with HRQOL in the elderly nursing home residents of the present study. Among the acoustic parameters that were analyzed, PPQ, APQ, and NHR may be an influential factor that can be used to assess HRQOL, independently of the effects of age, in elderly individuals. © 2015, Japan Geriatrics Society. All right reserved.

Morisakiu N.,University of KinDAI Himeji | Miura H.,Japan National Institute of Public Health | Hara S.,Kyushu University of Health and Welfare
Japanese Journal of Geriatrics | Year: 2015

Aim: We herein examined the relationship between the nutritional status and the oral function among community-dwelling dependent elderly persons. Methods: The subjects included 218 community-dwelling dependent elderly persons. The data were collected via questionnaires, including information regarding age, sex, the level of care required, nutritional status and swallowing function. We used the Mini Nutritional Assessment-Short Form (MNA-SF) to measure the nutritional status and the Dysphagia Risk Assessment for the Community-dwelling Elderly (DRACE) to evaluate the swallowing function. The tongue pressure and the labial closure force were measured using a tongue pressure measurement system (JMS Co. Ltd., Hiroshima, Japan) and the Lip de Cum (Cosmo-Instruments Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan). Results: The mean MNA-SF score was 10.07±2.58. The mean DRACE score was 4.39±3.80. The mean tongue pressure was 23.89±10.61 kPa. The mean labial closure force was 10.17±6.04 N. The results of bivariate regression analyses showed that there was a poor correlation between the MNA-SF and the DRACE, tongue pressure and labial closure force. Furthermore, the multiple regression analysis with the MNA-SF as the dependent variable revealed a correlation between the DRACE and labial closure force (p<0.01, R2 = 0.02). Conclusions: Our results suggest that the nutritional status is significantly related to the swallowing function and labial closure force among community-dwelling dependent elderly persons. © 2015, Japan Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved.

Marukami T.,University of Hyogo | Tani S.,University of Hyogo | Matsuda A.,Hyogo College of Medicine | Takemoto K.,University of KinDAI Himeji | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Medical Systems | Year: 2012

As computerization in the nursing field has been recently progressing, an electronic nursing record system is gradually introduced in the medical institution in Japan. Although it is expected for the electronic nursing record system to reduce the load of nursing work, the conventional keyboard operation is used for information input of the present electronic nursing record system and it has some problems concerning the input time and the operationability for common nurses who are unfamiliar with the computer operation. In the present study, we conducted a basic study on application of voice recognition input to an electronic nursing record system. The voice input is recently introduced to an electronic medical record system in a few clinics. However, so far the entered information cannot be processed because the information of the medical record must be entered as a free sentence. Therefore, we contrived a template for an electronic nursing record system and introduced it to the system for simple information entry and easy processing of the entered information in this study. Furthermore, an input experiment for evaluation of the voice input with the template was carried out by voluntary subjects for evaluation of the function as an input interface of an electronic nursing record system. The results of the experiment revealed that the input time by the voice input is obviously fast compared with that by the keyboard input and operationability of the voice input was superior to the keyboard input although all subjects had inexperience of the voice input. As a result, it was suggested our method, the voice input using the template made by us, might be useful for an input interface of an electronic nursing record system. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010.

Takaki J.,Okayama University of Science | Minoura A.,Okayama University of Science | Irimajiri H.,Kanazawa University | Hayama A.,Kanazawa University | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Occupational Health | Year: 2010

Interactive Effects of Job Stress and Body Mass Index on Over-eating: Jiro TAKAKI, et al. Department of Public Health, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences-Objectives: Recent prospective evidence drawn from the Whitehall II cohort reported by Kivimäki et al. implies that stressful situations are related to decreased body weight in thin men and increased body weight in obese men, whereas no corresponding interactive effects are observed in women. The mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains unknown, and the purpose of this study was to confirm our hypothesis that the relevant mechanism is behavioral (e.g., over-eating). Methods: The subjects of this survey were 607 Japanese workers (response rate: 60.5%) in four organizations. The questionnaire solicited demographic information and included the Bulimia scale of the Eating Disorder Inventory-EZ to measure tendencies toward over-eating as well as the Japanese version of the Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire (ERIQ). Body mass index (BMI) was calculated on the basis of data obtained during medical check-ups. We tested for linear and interactive effects with hierarchical regression analyses. Results: BMI was significantly (p<0.05) associated with over-eating both univariately and after adjusting for age in both sexes. Significant (p<0.05) interactions showed that ERIQ effort scores and effort-reward ratios were more positively associated with over-eating in men with higher BMIs, and ERIQ reward and financial remuneration scores were more negatively associated with over-eating in men with higher BMIs. No corresponding interactive effects were observed among women. Conclusions: The results demonstrate that stressful situations are more associated with over-eating in men with higher BMIs. This might explain, in part, the mechanism underpinning the interactive effects proposed by Kivimäki et al.

Shimizu F.,Senri Kinran University | Shimizu F.,Kyoto University | Katsuda H.,University of KinDAI Himeji | Katsuda H.,Gifu College of Nursing
Japan Journal of Nursing Science | Year: 2014

Aim: This study explored special education teachers' perceptions of the role of nurses who specialize in providing nursing care to children who are technology-dependent in mainstream schools. Methods: Semistructured interviews with 11 teachers were conducted, and data were analyzed using inductive content analysis. Results: The teachers surveyed thought that the most important role of nurses was to maintain good health and safety, as well as to support children's education as members of the educational team. Teachers desired that nurses give advice based on their professional knowledge to maintain the children's good health and safety. In supporting education, nurses were required to support the children's autonomy and education, and to act as members of the educational team. Conclusion: Study findings suggest that, for an optimal relationship with teachers, nurses who provide nursing care for children who are technology-dependent in mainstream schools need not only fulfill medical functions, but also support the education of children as members of the educational team. © 2014 Japan Academy of Nursing Science.

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