Faculty & Position:Global Health Nursing   associate professor
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Last Updated: May 22, 2019 at 05:06

Researcher Profile & Settings


    Global Health Nursing


  • 1993The University of Tokyo Graduate School, Division of Medical Sciences
  • 1988St. Luke's College of Nursing Faculty of Nursing


  • 保健学修士

Research Activities

Research Areas

  • Nursing / Community health nursing
  • Society medicine / Public health/Health science

Research Interests


Published Papers

  • Physician requests by patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma in Japan
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko
    BMC cancer 19 383 2019 [Refereed]
  • Quality of life of survivors of malignant pleural mesothelioma in Japan: a cross sectional study.
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko,Isao Oze, Keisuke Aoe, Katsuyuki Hotta, Katsuya Kato, Junko Nakagawa, Keiko Hara, Takumi Kishimoto and Nobukazu Fujimoto
    BMC cancer 18 Mar. 2018 [Refereed]
  • Identifying clinical and educational difficulties of midwives in an Indonesian government hospital maternity ward:Towards improving childbirth care
    Yasuko Nagamatsu,Rie Tanaka,Miyuki Oka,Naoko Maruyama,Yenita Agus,Shigeko Horiuchi
    Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 7(11) 7-13 Jun. 2017 [Refereed]
  • Impact of a nursing education programabout caring for patients in Japanwith malignant pleural mesothelioma on nurses' knowledge, difficultiesand attitude: A randomized control trial
    Yasuko Nagamatsu, Yuji Natori, Haruo Yanai, Shigeko Horiuchi
    Nurse Education Today 34(7) 1087-1093 Jul. 2014 [Refereed]
  • Caring for Patients with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma in Japan:Evaluation of a Palliative Care Educational Program
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko,Yukiko Nakayama, Helen Clayson,Yuji Natori,Misato Ohata,Shino Matsuura-Mriguchi,Sarah E.Poter
    Asian Pacific Journal of Canser Prevention 15 9165-9170 2014
  • Filipino Migrant Workers in Japan:Their behavior on Health Problems
    Yasuko Nagamatsu
    Asian Migrant 70-73 Jul. 1996

Conference Activities & Talks

  • Quality of life of the patients and bereaved of malignant pleural mesothelioma in Japan
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko
    Mesothelioma in the Mdlands Conference Agenda Apr. 2018
  • Nursing Management in Japan
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko
    International thoracic oncology nursing forum Dec. 2016
  • Program for nurses to improve communication skills in the care of people with mesothelioma in Japan
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko,Helen Clayson,Tsuyoshi Matsuda
    International Mesothelioma interest group May 2016
  • Breast cancer prevention program for filipino migrants in Tokyo area
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko
     Mar. 2016
  • Development of Educational Programs for nurses about Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko
    St.Luke's Academia Jan. 2015
  • Education Program about Care of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma for Nurses in Japan
    NAGAMATSU Yasuko
    2nd International Conference in Cardiovascular-Thoracic Nursing 2014 Dec. 2014



  • Report of the International Collaboration Research Workshop : Collaborative Research for Strengthening Community Health Nursing in Developing Countries : Action and Evaluation Research
    (34) 31-35 Mar. 2008
  • Useful information and supports in the service learning curriculum for the nursing students who work as volunteers overseas. - Experiences of Voluntary activities by Japanese nursing students in Thailand.
     11(1) 62-67 Jun. 2007
    Purpose: To develop an evidenced-based service learning program for Japanese nursing students participating involunteer activities in Thailand, we addressed the following questions: 1) what are the difficulties experienced byJapanese nursing students, and 2) what is the necessary information and support for the nursing student volunteersin this program?Methodology: Qualitative data was collected from 8 nursing students who participated in the volunteer activities,using a focus group discussion. They discussed their volunteer activities in an elementary school, home nursing,dengue campaign, nurse clinic and orphanage in Thailand in 2006. The four participating Thai nursing instructorsresponded to the questionnaire regarding the learning needs of the students and how to improve the program. Datawas thematically analyzed.Result: Students difficulties were sorted into 4 categories: 1) Culture and language: dealing with garbage andhomeless dogs on the street, for instance. 2) Attitude as a volunteer: observation or care? 3) Emotional/mentalproblems: heart-breaking farewell to orphans. 4) Nursing care: different ways of care between Japan and Thailand.Useful information for
  • Development of an e-Learning Program for the Community and Supporting Student Health Volunteer
     11(1) 109-115 Jun. 2007
    After the big earthquake in Kansai area in 1995, volunteer activities became popular in Japan. Currently, manynursing students are working in the area of health or community service as volunteers. During the period of FY2002-2004, we investigated educational needs of nursing student volunteers working in health or community serviceand then designed an educational program for them. From FY 2005, we had worked on developing an e-learningeducational program, and we completed it in January 2007. The purpose of this study is to describe the process ofdeveloping the educational program, which was designed primarily for first and second year nursing students, butalso meets the needs of others interested in volunteer work. We used an action research approach to develop thee-learning program. The process was classified into three steps. First, we began a periodic meeting to discuss thedesign of our website and its contents. Then we signed a contract with website developing experts and recruitednursing volunteer students to be participants in the study. As a result of our process, the web experts created adraft website with two layers: one general site for public and one fo
  • Usefulness of Medical Information for the Foreign Residents on Homepage of Local Governments in Japan.
     12(1) 25-32 Mar. 2008
    Background: Foreigners unable to read Japanese may encounter difficulties accessing medical information. Theinternet, which is an easy, inexpensive and accessible communication tool for everyone, may be a possible solution forthis issue.Purpose: To relreal the extent to which local governments use their websites to provide medical information forapproximately 2 million foreign residents in Japan.Methodology: Seventeen local governments with more than 10,000 foreign residents were selected. Each websitewas scored according to the types of information and the efectiveness of operation. The total scores and number of foreign residents were tested using Pearson's correlation coeffcient.Result: All local governments had websites although their quality varied. The language that was most frequentlyused was English. Korean, Chinese, Portuguese and others were also used. All websites had an English version. 76% of them had medical information, including information on medical system in Japan, procedure for consulting adoctor, calling for an ambulance, maternal and child care services, Maternal and Child Health Handbook and national health insurance system. It was di
  • Development of Educational Programs for Nursing Student at Kabul Medical University in Afghanistan : E-Learning Programs for Catheterization and Enema.
    (35) 98-101 Mar. 2009
  • Information about Asbestos Related Diseases and Health Consultation in Websites of Local Governments
     13(2) 79-84 Jul. 2009
    Introduction and Aim:The government started compensating to people suffering asbestos-linked health problemsbut who are not covered by industrial accident insurance in 2005. Local health centres receive the applications bynon-occupational victims. This study aims to investigate how local governments provide information about asbestosrelated diseases and health consultation in websites of local governments since it is getting popular for Japanese tocollect information through internet.Subjects and methodology:151 website of local governments which have health centers were examined if theyhave ① page for asbestos related information, ② Consultaion, ③ Compensation for victims by occupational and nonoccupationalexposures, ④ hospitals that provide examinations and treatments of asbestos related diseases in thecommunity, ⑤ asbestos in public buildings, ⑥ basic information of asbestos.Results:All local governments had own website. 75.5% had page for asbestos related information. 81.5% hadinformation about health consultaion which indicated health centers as a service provider. 80.1% providedinformation for non occupational victims and 66.9% for occupati
  • Literature review of nursing on asbestos and related diseases.
     12(2) 91-98 Jul. 2008
    The purpose of this research is to identify the area and activities of nursing on Asbestos and Mesothelioma througha literature review.First, 79 Japanese books and 28 English books were collected through Webcat, using keywords “Asbestos” and“Mesothelioma”. Secondly, articles were searched using CHINAHL, MEDLINE and Japana Centra Revuo Medicinawith key words such as “Asbestos”, “Mesothelioma”, “Nursing” and “Care”. 22 Japanese articles and 37 English articleswere collected. All books and articles were examined and 5 Japanese articles, 26 English articles, 3 Japanese booksand 1 English book were selected for the review.Articles were classified into the following: 24 articles, 4 case reports, 3 research reports and 4 books. Main topics ofthe articles were as follows: 7 occupational health nursing, 25 oncology nursing, and 3 pediatric nursing.In occupational health nursing, exposure prevention, non-smoking education, health examination, and assistance forcompensation were carried out since most of asbestos exposure is happening in industry. In oncology nursing, mentalsupport was required for the patients and families who confron
  • Evaluation and Improvement of a Web-based Learning Support Program for Nursing Student Health Volunteers and Development of a Subject used Service-Learning
     13(2) 53-62 Jul. 2009
     Purpose of this study was to provide evaluation data for the improvement of a web-based learning support programfor nursing student health volunteers collaboratively developed with students that began January 2007. Based onfindings of evaluation, we designed a subject used service-learning. Evaluation methods included: student logs,interview feedback from students who did or did not use the student site, and faculty researchers’ evaluation asthe support staff for this web-based learning support program. The study was approved by the Institution ReviewBoard at St Luke's College of Nursing (No.07-035). Participants were recruited based on their informed consent andassurance of confidentiality. Findings revealed that nine students logged 30 reports. Logs described their activities, thinking, learning, andfuture plans. The PC web-site was unfamiliar to them compared to their mobile e-mail. In addition, they felt noobligation to log their volunteer activities. Most faculty-researchers indicated a low commitment to supportingstudent volunteers because of their lack of knowledge and expertise in using the educational web-based learning andthey recognized they need to
  • The Role of Nursing on Asbestos Health Consultation - Qualitative analysis of Consultation Records of Asbestos N・P・O.-
    (36) 1-8 Mar. 2010
  • 眼科外来における外国人患者と 日本人患者の治療完了率
     14(1) 9-16 Mar. 2010
  • Providing Successful Nursing Care to the Foreign Patient with Glaucoma, a Case Study.
    (33) 55-59 Mar. 2007
    外国人患者の中でも,自覚症状に乏しい慢性疾患患者の治療継続は難しいといわれている。本稿では,無症状の緑内障患者において看護介入によって治療継続に成功した外国人症例について報告する。ドライアイによる不快感を主訴に他院受診した際に左緑内障を診断され,点眼薬を処方されるも,疾患・薬剤についての説明が不十分であったために点眼が中断され,緑内障が進んだ状態で受診した東南アジア出身の女性である。1)緑内障についての知識不足,2)点眼薬の副作用-の不安,3) ドライアイと緑内障の混同,4)日本人医師-の不信感が問題となった。そこで,1)緑内障の病態・予後・治療についての説明,2)点眼薬の効用と副作用の説明,緑内障, ドライアイの症状と治療についての整理,3)傾聴し,受容的な態度と希望時質問などの代弁などの看護活動を行った。その結果,疾患-の理解が高まり,不安なく治療と受診が継続され,緑内障のコントロールに成功した
  • Starting a Master Course and Consistent Development of Bacalaureate Course in “International Nursing“ at St.Luke's College of Nursing.
    (33) 111-115 Mar. 2007
  • Process and Evaluation of the First Year Web-based Service Learning Course
    (37) 25-30 Mar. 2011
    This article describes our first year's educational activity of a new course:“Integrated learning-Ⅲ:Science for Daily Living“, using web-based service-learningthat commenced April 2009 for freshmen and sophomore students. It was developed throughaction research in 2002. The course aims were:(1)introduce freshmen to basicunderstanding of volunteering in health and community; (2)supportlearning through volunteer activity experiences ; and (3) strengthen awareness of social responsibility as a communiity member. While 34 students registered, only 18(53%)completed this course. The steps of learning included : e-learning on health volunteersand sending learning-logs ; participating in volunteers activities; sending a dailylog about volunteer activities and meeting with faculty. The total of 130student-outcome daily logs were submitted. Students' evaluated their satisfactionof this subject on average as 8.5 point with 10-point scale(1 lowest, 10 highest).Students evaluated the subject using 4-point Likert scale (4,highest).The highly items evaluated were: obtained “new perspectives“ (M=3.92),and “learning motivation“ (M=3.92). The items evaluated poorly were:“
  • Developing Recruitment System of Global Health Nursing and Midwifery Experts: Developing a Career Pass Model for Global Health Nursing and Midwifery Experts - Report of Workshop -
    (37) 10-14 Mar. 2011
    A workshop was held as part of a research project titled the Developing recruitmentsystem of global health nursing and midwifery experts : Developing a career pass modelfor global health nursing and midwifery experts- that is supported by the Grant of National Center for Global Health and Medicine.The aim of this research project is to have nurses with experience overseas returnto Japan and help develop a career path model for international nurses and midwivesto improve the current difficulties in continuing a career in international nursing.Professors teaching international nursing in Japanese graduate schools report thatit is difficult to continue a real career in cooperation activities after completing one's master's degree program; and compared with people from other developednations it is hard for Japanese nurses and midwives to register with international organizations. From the experience of those present who are active bothdomestically and overseas,all agreed with the observation that the ways of pursuinginternational nursing and midwife careers in Japan are varied; what is desperatelyneeded is the formation of a career path for people who were involved in cooperationac
  • FY2011 Curriculum Revision at St Luke’s College of Nursing
    (38) 52-57 Mar. 2012
    〔Abstract〕 This paper describes the process of developing a revised curriculum at St. Luke's College of Nursing andthe new contents. The former curriculum revised in FY 1995 had been evaluated and issues were noted.Therefore, a working group was organized and it initiated a new curriculum development in 2007. A furtherrevision was begun in April 2011. A revised curriculum FY 2011 is designed to meet the educational objectives which evolve from thephilosophy and vision of this college to prepare nurses who are not only proficient and knowledgeable inthe arts and science of nursing practice, but who are also caring well-rounded individuals. One of the maincharacteristics of this revised curriculum is to incorporate the concept of “People-Centered Care” (PCC).PCC was the outcome of the research project supported by a grant for 21st Century COE program fromthe Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan. PCC was incorporated into theconceptual framework of this curriculum. In the FY 2011 revised curriculum, liberal arts and the foundationsof nursing were enriched. In the clinical nursing courses the contents of nursing practice were sys
  • Report of the Care for Mesothelioma in United Kingdom and United States of America - Experience of the St. Mary’s Hospice and Brigham & Women’ s Hospital -
    (38) 58-62 Mar. 2012
    〔Abstract〕 This is a report on the mesothelioma care at the St. Mary’s Hospice in the United Kingdom and on thethoracic surgical ward of the Brigham & Women's Hospital in the United States of America. In U.K, theyconsider mesothelioma care as an end of life care focusing symptom management. Mesothelioma patientsstay rather long at home in U.K. Lung cancer nurses and mesothelioma nurses are the key professionalswho organize care services from diagnosis to the terminal stage. In the U.S.A, medical care a lot. What kindof medical service a person can afford depends on the health insurance he or she carries. Post extra pleuralpneumonectomy, complication such as infection, atrial fibrillation , embolism must to be prevented. Also, it isimportant to control pain. Post extra pleural pneumonectomy care requires special knowledge.
    JOURNAL OF UOEH 20 374-378 1998

Research Grants & Projects

  • Medical Students' Interest on International Health

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