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Premature Death of a Schizophrenic Patient due to Evacuation after a Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima.

Yuki Sonoda, Akihiko Ozaki, Arinobu Hori, Asaka Higuchi, Yuki Shimada, Kana Yamamoto, Tomohiro Morita, Toyoaki Sawano, Claire Leppold, Masaharu Tsubokura

Case Reports in Psychiatry | Published : 2019

Abstract

Although psychiatric patients are likely to be adversely impacted by disasters, information regarding the processes involved in adverse impacts is limited. In March 2011, Japan experienced an earthquake, tsunami, and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. In its aftermath, Takano Hospital, 22 km south of the power plant, underwent forced patient evacuation. A 54-year-old Japanese male with schizophrenia, who had been hospitalized in the psychiatric ward for over 20 years, was transferred and experienced a series of hospital relocations. Although his physical status was intact when he left Takano Hospital, his condition gradually worsened, presumably due to incomplete exchange of..

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