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The ZVFK Köln (Center for Health Services Research Cologne) is a health services research network for institutions of the Faculty of Medicine and of the Faculty of Human Sciences of the University of Cologne. The purpose of this cross-faculty cooperation is to develop and establish, in the long term, joint interdisciplinary health services research. By clustering the very diverse expertise of both faculties, the goal is to implement efficient health services research, combining fundamental and applied systems.

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expertise

  • anaesthesiologie and operational intensive medicine
  • audiopaedagogics
  • augmentative and alternative communication
  • communication and media psychology
  • dental and oral medicine
  • epidemiology
  • health economics
  • general medicine
  • gerontology and rehabilitation
  • medical psychology
  • medical sociology
  • medical statistics and informatics
  • palliative medicine
  • psychiatry
  • psychosomatics
  • quality management
  • research methods
  • work and occupational rehabilitation

An important target in this context is the scientific study of the relative effectiveness of treatment and care methods, procedures, guidelines and complex strategies in the field of health and care (e.g. hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and institutions for the disabled). The Center’s model is ‟Learning to Care”. In the institutions involved, the activities aim in the long term to contribute towards turning health care and care of the ill into a learning system, which is capable of continually improving patient orientation, quality and efficiency. read more