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Development and Implementation of an Internet Survey to Assess Community Health in the Face of a Health Crisis: Data from the Pregnancy and Birth Survey of the Fukushima Health Management Survey, 2016

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Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Epidemiology, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Center for Integrated Science and Humanities, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Public Health, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(11), 1946; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111946
Received: 16 February 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 30 May 2019 / Published: 1 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Women's Health)
The Pregnancy and Birth Survey of the Fukushima Health Management Survey is a questionnaire survey that has been conducted annually since 2011 in Fukushima Prefecture. Since 2016, the survey has been available online as well as in paper form. This study aimed to determine whether making the survey available online improved response rates and to identify the characteristics of paper and online survey respondents and their results. Using LimeSurvey, we constructed an online survey environment that enabled responses via computer or mobile device. Respondents could choose whether to respond on paper or online. The response rate for the 2016 survey was 51.8%, an increase of 3.5% over the previous year. Of these responses, 15.8% were made online. Online respondents were mostly primiparous. Further, while there was no difference in the percentage of respondents who provided free responses, the amount written was higher in paper surveys than in online surveys. The combination of paper and online surveys increased convenience for respondents and contributed to improved response rates. In addition, paper surveys were superior in terms of allowing respondents to express their feelings and opinions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Fukushima nuclear accident; pregnancy; surveys and questionnaires; internet Fukushima nuclear accident; pregnancy; surveys and questionnaires; internet
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Nakano, H.; Ishii, K.; Goto, A.; Yasumura, S.; Ohira, T.; Fujimori, K. Development and Implementation of an Internet Survey to Assess Community Health in the Face of a Health Crisis: Data from the Pregnancy and Birth Survey of the Fukushima Health Management Survey, 2016. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1946. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111946

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Nakano H, Ishii K, Goto A, Yasumura S, Ohira T, Fujimori K. Development and Implementation of an Internet Survey to Assess Community Health in the Face of a Health Crisis: Data from the Pregnancy and Birth Survey of the Fukushima Health Management Survey, 2016. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(11):1946. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111946

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Nakano, Hironori, Kayoko Ishii, Aya Goto, Seiji Yasumura, Tetsuya Ohira, and Keiya Fujimori. 2019. "Development and Implementation of an Internet Survey to Assess Community Health in the Face of a Health Crisis: Data from the Pregnancy and Birth Survey of the Fukushima Health Management Survey, 2016" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 11: 1946. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16111946

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