Kyoto University School of Public Health

Healthcare Epidemilogy

Professor:Yosuke Yamamoto, MD, PhD

We are conducting clinical epidemiology research to answer clinical questions about medical care and health problems. In particular, we will promote evidence to solve medical and social problems by accurately evaluating the subjective health status (e.g., health-related QoL). We also focus on research that measures and bridges the gap between that evidence and medical and social practices.

Research and Education

We are mainly engaged in clinical epidemiology research in the following four research areas.
(1) Research to measure patient’s QoL / PRO (Patient-reported outcomes) and utilize it for medical treatment
(2) Evaluation research on diagnostic methods such as development and validation of clinical prediction rules
(3) Research to investigate the actual conditions of diseases and medical care
(4) Research to elucidate the relationship between factors and medical outcomes using QoL/PRO measurements

Regarding the educational activities in SPH, we provide course work on clinical research design and methods.
(1) epidemiology II (research design)
(2) special seminar in study design I/II
(3) special seminar of data analysis

Recent Publications

  1. Miyashita J, Shimizu S, Azuma T, Takeshima T, Suzuki R, Fukuhara S, Yamamoto Y. Experience as an Informal Caregiver and Discussions Regarding Advance Care Planning in Japan. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2021; 61: 63-70.
  2. Takada S, Kondo T, Yasunaga M, Watanabe S, Kinoshita H, Fukuhara S, Yamamoto Y. Early Rehabilitation in Older Patients Hospitalized with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: A Retrospective Cohort Study. American Heart Journal 2020; 230: 44-53.
  3. Matsuoka Y, Ikenoue T, Hata N, Taguri M, Itaya T, Ariyoshi K, Fukuhara S, Yamamoto Y. Hospitals’ extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation capabilities and outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a population-based study. Resuscitation 2019; 136: 85-92.
  4. Yamazaki H, Kamitani T, Matsui T, Yamamoto Y, Fukuhara S. Association of Low Alanine Aminotransferase with Loss of Independence or Death: a 5-year Population-based Cohort Study. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2019; 34: 1793-1799.
  5. Kamitani T, Yamamoto Y, Fukuma S, Ikenoue T, Kimachi M, Shimizu S, Yamamoto S, Otani K, Sekiguchi M, Onishi Y, Takegami M, Ono R, Yamazaki S, Konno S, Kikuchi S, Fukuhara S. Association between the discrepancy in self-reported and performance-based physical functioning levels and risk of future falls among community-dwelling older adults: The Locomotive Syndrome and Health Outcomes in Aizu Cohort Study (LOHAS). Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 2019; 20: 195-200.
  6. Aoki T, Yamamoto Y, Ikenoue T, Urushibara-Miyachi Y, Kise M, Fujinuma Y, Fukuhara S. Social Isolation and Patient Experience in Older Adults. The Annals of Family Medicine 2018; 16: 393-398.
  7. Aoki T, Yamamoto Y, Ikenoue T, Onishi Y, Fukuhara S. Multimorbidity patterns in relation to polypharmacy and dosage frequency: a nationwide, cross-sectional study in a Japanese population. Scientific Reports 2018; 8: 3806.

Healthcare Epidemiology

Professor: Yosuke Yamamoto, MD, PhD