In a previous report (Samet and Patel 2011), we provided a systematic review of the evidence on neuropsychological consequences of the Chernobyl disaster along with findings of focus groups conducted in Kiev, Ukraine. The report’s overall conclusion on the long-term neuropsychological consequences was “the broad findings from these two sources are convergent and clear: twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster, the populations affected at the time, whether by being displaces or exposed to radiation, have sustained neuropsychological consequences and these consequences remain of public health and medical significance” (Samet and Patel 2011).
In this report, we extend the earlier research on neuropsychological consequences of the disaster. We add findings from further focus groups conducted in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, and extend the literature review to cover suicide, reproductive health, immune system and blood disorders, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. These are outcomes that may be plausibly affected by the stress associated with the disaster and its aftermath.