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Working group ‘Health Services Research’


Astrid Fink, PhD

Current projects

  • The financial impact of cancer (KMA)
  • Preferences and competences of elderly, multimorbid patients in the doctor-patient interaction (PräKäP)
  • Social inequalities in the access and use of rehabilitation and reduced-earning-capacity pension (SPE-III)

Completed projects

  • Methamphetamine consumption in Central Germany. A qualitative study on the requirements and challenges for rehabilitative care. (METH_MD)
  • How social inequalities influence treatment and care in coronary heart disease. A qualitative study from the perspective of multimorbid elderly patients (BeHerzt)
  • How social inequalities influence the treatment and care of type 2 diabetes mellitus. A qualitative study from the patient's point of view (SODIA)
  • Access to Inpatient Child Rehabilitation: Barriers and Potentials - A Project Synthesis with Guidelines for Practice (KIREZplus)
  • Determinants of rehabilitation utilization among children and adolescents (rekju)
  • Medical health care in the context of statutory accident insurance. Analysis of processes. (DGUV-Versorgungsstruktur)

What is Health Services Research?

What initially sounds like dry paper work can actually emerge as interdisciplinary research very close to everyday medical routine. From a patient and population perspective and in the context of complex contextual conditions, structures and processes of health services are examined, outcomes are described at the level of everyday care and complex interventions aiming to improve health care are developed and evaluated.

Focus at the IMS

Many of the health services research projects carried out at the Institute of Medical Sociology focus on experiences individual make in dealing with diseases. This is highly relevant, as the experiences that patients make in their everyday lives with themselves, their illness and the perception by others, might also affect the therapeutic success. The social determinants of health care are part of all the health care research projects and are also focused upon in secondary data analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are applied in research practice. The working groups’ activities include both the evaluation of routine data (secondary data analyses) and collecting data.