Research Group Psychooncology

  • Description
  • Description

    Our research group studies the psychosocial sequelae and side-effects of cancer, patient-oriented care and psychooncological and rehabilitative care offers. Within our research we focus on patients as well as patients’ families and the interaction between patients and health care staff.

    In our psychooncological health care research projects we focus on

    • Evaluation of different rehabilitation settings and offers
    • Work-related aspects of cancer survivorship, occupational cancer rehabilitation, and return to work

    With regard to „cancer and the family“ we investigate the impact of cancer on relatives of cancer patients. Main topics are:

    • Psycho-oncological interventions for families affected by parental cancer
    • Evaluation of family-oriented rehabilitation for families with a child with cancer
    • Psychosocial burden in relatives of palliative cancer patients

    Our research on patient-oriented care and patient-doctor-communication focusses on

    • Development and evaluation of medical decision aids and trainings in shared decision making for clinicians
    • Evaluation of train-the-trainer seminars to improve patient education
    • Development and pilot-testing of inter-professional trainings to improve patient safety


    • Randomised-controlled trial (RCT) on innovative dissemination strategies of a Shared Decision Making (SDM) intervention for oncologists: web-based SDM online training vs. individualized context-oriented SDM training (5/2015-4/2018)
    • Development and pilot-testing of and inter-professional training program to improve patient safety (KOMPAS) (2/2017-1/2020)
    • Burden and support needs of relatives of cancer patients in specialised inpatient palliative care (1/2016-12/2017)
    • Evaluation of pediatric cancer rehabilitation: a prospective study on use and outcomes of rehabilitation for patients with brain tumors and leukemia (3/2016-8/2019)
    • Multi-centric evaluation of train-the-trainer seminars for the improvement of patient education in inpatient rehabilitation (2014/5 - 2016/12)
    • Junior researcher group „Preventive strategies for the mental health of children and adolescents“ (2014/1-2016/12)
    • Social medical evaluation of specialized rehabilitation after radical prostatectomy (2010/4 - 2016/9)
    • Evaluation of pediatric-oncological rehabilitation: an investigation of factors influencing service use, rehabilitation processes and rehabilitation outcome (2013/1 - 2014/6)
    • Multisite research project „Psychosocial Services for Children of Parents with Cancer“: methods centre of the research association (2009/4 - 2012/3)
    • Multisite research project „Psychosocial Services for Children of Parents with Cancer“: sub-project “Analysis of health care services” (2009/4 - 2012/3)
    • Evaluation of an occupation-oriented rehabilitation concept in inpatient cancer rehabilitation (2008/5 - 2011/2)

    • Müller N, Gschwendtner KM, Dwinger S, Bergelt C, Eich W, Härter M, Bieber C (2019). Study Protocol of a Randomized-Controlled Trial (RCT) on Two New Dissemination Strategies for a Brief Shared-Decision-Making (SDM)-Training for Oncologists: Web-Based Interactive SDM Online-Training versus Individualized Context-Based SDM Face-to-Face Training. Trials, 20: 18.
    • Ullrich A, Rath HM, Otto U, Kerschgens C, Raida M, Hagen-Aukamp C, Bergelt C (2018). Return to work in prostate cancer survivors - findings from a prospective study on occupational reintegration following a cancer rehabilitation program BMC Cancer, 18: 751.
    • Tribius S, Meyer M-S, Pflug C, Hanken H, Busch C-J, Krüll A, Petersen C, Bergelt C (2018). Socioeconomic status and quality of life in patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer. Strahlentherapie und Onkologie, 194: 737-749.
    • Inhestern L, Geertz W, Schulz-Kindermann F, Bergelt C (2018). Parental cancer – characteristics of users of child-centred counselling versus individual psycho-oncological treatment. Psychooncology, (27): 955–961.
    • Inhestern L, Bergelt C (2018). When a mother has cancer: strains and resources of affected families from the mother’s and father’s perspective - a qualitative study. BMC Women's Health, 18(72).
    • Ullrich A, Rath HM, Otto U, Kerschgens C, Raida M, Hagen-Aukamp C, Bergelt C (2017). Outcomes across the return-to-work process in PC survivors attending a rehabilitation measure - results from a prospective study Supportive Care in Cancer, 25: 3007-3015.
    • Inhestern L, Bultmann JC, Beierlein V, Romer G, Möller B, Koch U, Bergelt C (2017). Anxiety and depression in working-age cancer survivors: a register-based study. BMC Cancer, 17(1): 347.
    • Beierlein V, Ernst J, Romer G, Möller B, Koch U & Bergelt C (2017). Psychometric properties of the Family Assessment Device in a German sample of families with parental cancer. Journal of Psychosomatic Research.
    • Rath HM, Ullrich A, Otto U, Kerschgens C, Raida M, Hagen-Aukamp C, Koch U & Bergelt C (2016). Psychosocial outcomes of in- and outpatient rehabilitation in prostate cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24, 2717-2726.
    • Inhestern L, Bultmann JC, Beierlein V, Möller B, Romer G, Koch U & Bergelt C (2016). Psychometric Properties of the Parenting Concerns Questionnaire (PCQ) in Cancer Survivors with Minor and Young Adult Children. Psychooncology, 25(9), 1092-1098.
    • Bergelt C, Scholl I & Härter M (2016). Chancen und Barrieren partizipativer Entscheidungsfindung in der Onkologie. FORUM, 31, 140-143.
    • Inhestern L, Wlodarcik O, Haller A-C & Bergelt C (2016). Psychosocial Interventions for Families with Parental Cancer and Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation and Use - A Systematic Review. PlosOne, 11(6), e0156967.
    • Sänger S, Wiegel T, Stöckle M, Härter M & Bergelt C (2015). Präferenzbasierte Entscheidungsfindung zur Teilnahme an der „Deutschen Prostatakrebsstudie PREFERE“ – Entwicklung von Aufklärungsmaterialien und Aufklärungsstrategie. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen, 109, 28-39.
    • Rath HM, Ullrich A, Steimann M, Rotsch M, Zurborn K-H, Koch U, Kriston L & Bergelt C (2015). Psychometric properties of the Occupational Stress and Coping Inventory (AVEM) in a cancer population. Acta Oncologica, 54, 232-242.
    • Romer G, Bergelt C & Möller B (Hrsg.). (2014). Kinder krebskranker Eltern - Manual zur kindzentrierten Familienberatung nach dem COSIP-Konzept. Göttingen: Hogrefe.
    • Bultmann J, Beierlein V, Romer G, Möller B, Koch U & Bergelt C (2014). Parental Cancer - Health related quality of life and current psychosocial support needs of cancer survivors and their children. International Journal of Cancer, 135(11), 2668-2677
    • Böttcher H, Ullrich A, Steimann M, Zurborn K-H, Rotsch M, Koch U & Bergelt C (2013). Work-related predictors of not returning to work after inpatient rehabilitation in cancer patients. Acta Oncologica, 52(6), 1067-1075.
    • Ernst JC, Beierlein V, Romer G, Möller B, Koch U & Bergelt C (2013). Use and need for psychosocial support in cancer patients – A population-based sample of patients with minor children. Cancer, 119(12), 2333-2341.
    • Böttcher HM, Steimann M, Ullrich A, Rotsch M, Zurborn KH, Koch U & Bergelt C (2013). Evaluation eines berufsbezogenen Konzepts im Rahmen der stationären onkologischen Rehabilitation. Die Rehabilitation, 52(5), 329-336.

    • Frerichs, Wiebke (work in progress): Communication skill, knowledge and views of healthcare professionals (HCPs) providing supportive care when a parent has cancer. Doktorarbeit, Dr. rer. biol. hum.
    • Johannsen, Lene (work in progress): Patientenorientierte Versorgung von krebskranken Eltern mit minderjährigen Kindern. Doktorarbeit, Dr. rer. biol. hum.
    • Schönfeld, Moritz (work in progress): Health literacy and treatment adherence in older patients in the hospital setting. Doktorarbeit, Dr. rer. biol. hum.
    • Harnischfeger, Nele (work in progress): Kommunikationstrainings zur Verbesserung der Versorgung onkologischer Patienten in palliativer Erkrankungssituation. Doktorarbeit, Dr. rer. biol. hum.
    • Inhestern, Laura (2018). Children of a parent with cancer: Burden and psychosocial needs in families with parental cancer. PhD thesis
    • Bultmann, Johanna Christine (2016). Use and need of psychosocial support for children of cancer patients. PhD thesis [German]
    • Neuss, Lennart-Hendrik (2016): Psychosocial burden in users of a psychooncological outpatient clinic - comparison of patients and relatives. Bachelor thesis [German]
    • Obermeyer, Lilian (2016): Outcomes of psychotherapy and art therapy in relatives of cancer patients in the individual and group setting. Bachelor thesis [German]
    • Könnecke, Nadezda (2016): Work-related and job-training specific burden and support needs in younger cancer survivors. Bachelor thesis [German]
    • Brands, Tanja (2015). Burden and ressources in oncology and palliative nurses. Master thesis [German]
    • Von Felde, Dorothee (2015). Evaluation of a patient information leaflet to enhance patient safety in surgery wards. Master thesis [German]
    • Kromp, Kelly-Marie (2015). Burden and ressources of parents with cancer. Bachelor thesis [German]
    • Zielke, Lotta (2015). Occupational stress and coping patterns and return to work after prostate cancer. Bachelor thesis [German]
    • Rath, Hilke Maria (2014) Evaluation of an occupation-oriented rehabilitation concept in inpatient cancer rehabilitation. PhD thesis [German]
    • Nikolova, K. (2014) Effort-reward-imbalance in prostate cancer patients at the beginning of rehabilitation. Bachelor thesis [German]
    • Inhestern, Laura (2013): Anxiety and depression in cancer patients with minor children. Master thesis [German]
    • Holes, Sarah (2013): Use and need for psychosocial support in cancer patients with minor children in urban and rural areas. Master thesis [German]
    • Koppitz, Katharina (2011): Effectiveness of outpatient psychooncological care – evaluation of a University outpatient clinic. Master thesis [German]