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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of participating DMAT members (n = 424)

From: Concern over radiation exposure and psychological distress among rescue workers following the Great East Japan Earthquake Concern over radiation exposure and distress

Variables n (%) mean (SD) median (range)
Age (years)   38.2 (7.5)  
Period of deployment (days)    4 (1–21)
Sex, women 145 (34.2)   
Marital status, married 274 (64.6)   
Presence of a child (or children) 234 (55.2)   
Highest Education, university or higher 200 (47.2)   
Current smoker 100 (23.6)   
Current drinker 321 (75.7)   
Occupation    
 Physician 102 (24.1)   
 Nurse 194 (45.8)   
 Operational coordination staff 128 (30.2)   
Past history of psychiatric illness, yes 8 (1.9)   
Stress prior to deployment, yes 104 (24.5)   
Injury during deployment, yes 2 (0.5)   
Disaster operation experience, yes 84 (19.8)   
Experience of contact with corpses, yes 47 (11.1)   
Experience of saving a child during deployment, yes 21 (5.0)   
Concern over radiation, yes 39 (9.2)   
Duration of time spent watching earthquake news    
 <1 hour 107 (25.2)   
 1–4 hours 292 (68.9)   
 ≥4 hours 25 (5.9)   
  1. DMAT, disaster medical assistant team, SD, standard deviation.