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Dr. Astrid Fink


Institut für Medizinische Soziologie

room -019 (Untergeschoss)
Magdeburger Str. 8
Halle (Saale)

phone: +49 345 557 1170

wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

research interests

  • Social participation in children and youth in chronic conditions
  • Health service research
  • Professional-patient interaction
  • Evidence-based healthcare

Curriculum vitae

  • 2011
    Ph.D. in rehabilitation science at the Medical Faculty, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2005 to present
    Research associate, Institute of Medical Sociology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany
  • 2004 - 2005
    Graduate Assistant, Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany
    - Scholarship holder of the LEUCOREA Foundation, Department of Health Science, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany
  • 1999 - 2004
    Extra occupational study of Nursing- and Health Sciences at the Martin Luther University  Halle-Wittenberg (Degree corresponds to a M.Sc. in Health Sciences and Nursing)
  • 1995 - 2002
    Employment as dietitian in

    - KGS GmbH, „Waldkrankenhaus Rudolf Elle“ in Eisenberg/Thuringia, Germany
    - „Kinder-Reha-Klinik Am Nicolausholz” in Bad Kösen, Germany, Spezialist Hospital for the Rehabilitation of Children and Adolescents
    Ostseeklinik Holm” in Schönberg, Germany, Spezialist Hospital for the
    Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases, Diseases of the Respiratory Tract and the Musculoskeletal System
    KGS GmbH, Fachklinik Schweriner See” in Lübstorf, Germany, Spezialist Hospital for Substance-Related Disorders and Psychosomatic Disorders
  • 1995
    Degree in Dietetics, State-approved School of Dietitians, Christian-Albrecht-Universität, Kiel, Germany


  • Financial impact of cancer (KMA)
  • Learning types and learning success in a structured diabetes education programme for patients with type 2 diabetes (LeLeSU)
  • Development and psychometric testing of an instrument for measuring social participation of adolescents (Partizipation)


Course of studies in human medicine:

  • Health economics, health care system, public health
  • Courses in medical sociology
  • Seminar professional-patient interaction
  • Integrated seminars with clinicians


Selected publications:

Carmienke, S., Baumert, J., Gabrys, L., Heise, M., Frese, T., Heidemann, C. & Fink, A. (2020). Participation in structured diabetes mellitus self-management education program and association with lifestyle behavior: results from a population-based study. BMJ open diabetes research & care, 8(1) e001066. DOI 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-001066.

Fink A, Fach EM, Schröder SL (2019) 'Learning to shape life' - a  qualitative study on the challenges posed by a diagnosis of diabetes  mellitus type 2. Int J Equity Health. Jan 24;18(1):19. doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-0924-3

Burckhardt, M., Herke, M., Wustmann, T., Watzke, S., Langer, G., & Fink, A. (2016). Omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of dementia. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 4, CD009002.

Martin, O., Fink, A., & Richter, M. (2017). Kommunikative Fertigkeiten mit E-Learning. Die Medizinische Welt – aus der Wissenschaft in die Praxis, 6(1), 11–16.

Schröder, S. L., Richter, M., Schröder, J., Frantz, S., & Fink, A. (2016). Socioeconomic inequalities in access to treatment for coronary heart disease: A systematic review. International journal of cardiology, 219, 70–78.

Full list of publications
Veröffentlichungen_Fink_2020.pdf (200.3 KB)  vom 28.05.2020