Current externally funded projects

  • The aim is to develop, plan and implement a concept for scientific evaluation and quality assurance of screening programs such as the EVA-Lunge in order to be able to generate sound data on the implementation and effectiveness of early detection for lung cancer using LD-HRCT. Using quality indicators and performing analyses will allow to determine important outcome parameters such as the detection rate of lung cancer, the rate of so-called false-positive findings, the rate of diagnostic work-up after LD-HRCT examination or the number of potential recognition of occupational disease no. 4104 (lung cancer) generated from the screening program. Parameters will be recorded overall and stratified - e.g. according to examination round (initial, subsequent examinations), participant characteristics or region. Furthermore, attitudes towards, subjective perceptions of, and psychological strain in relation to EVA-Lunge among insured persons will be assed using qualitative research. Additionally, knowledge and attitudes towards lung cancer screening using LD-HRCT among physicians will be investigated.

    Funding: German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

  • On behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, ZfAM is collecting representative exposure data for the alternative plasticiser id(2-ethylhexyl)terephthalate (DEHTP) in the adult German population. For some years now, DEHTP has been increasingly used as a substitute for the reprotoxic plasticiser di(ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).

    Funding: Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)

  • Intelligent lighting control systems open up the possibility of designing lighting profiles at shift workplaces according to functional and biological needs. However, scientific studies investigating the health effects are still lacking. The study "Light and Shift" will contribute to this.

    Funding: German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

  • Obstructive respiratory diseases are among the most frequently reported occupational diseases in Germany. In occupational medicine research and practice, there are still unanswered questions about the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to work-related influences. The aim of the project is to provide even more targeted information on the basis of the sector- and occupation-specific investigations, to further improve education about the disease COPD and prevention.

    Funding: German Social Accident Insurance - DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

  • The general objective of the action is to support cooperation and coordination between Member States in order to improve their capacities at the points of entry, including ports, airports and ground crossings, in preventing and combating cross-border health threats affecting or inherently coming from the transport sector, and therefore contribute to a high level of public health protection in the European Union. In the case of public health emergencies of international concern, the joint action will move from the interepidemic mode to an emergency mode with the objective to support coherent response of MS according to Decision No 1082/2013/EU and implementation of temporary recommendations issued by the WHO according to the International Health Regulations.

    Funding: European Commission (EC), Third Health Programme

  • IDIK is a prospective observational study on the duration of immunity against SARS-CoV-2 in fully vaccinated hospital staff. It is investigated how long the vaccine protection of the different vaccines is effective in the vaccinated persons and whether the vaccination combinations differ. Data analyses of laboratory determinations on immunity and the questionnaire data of the participating employees are used in the evaluations.

    Funding: BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege)

  • Within the health sector, staff in emergency departments are particularly often affected by physical or verbal violence from patients or their relatives. Therefore, preventive measures for dealing with aggressive patients and their relatives are essential to protect staff from incidents of violence. The aim of this study is therefore to gain insights into the availability and effectiveness of violence prevention measures in emergency rooms. Of interest here are the personal experiences of employees and managers in emergency rooms, which will be collected throughout Germany within the framework of a qualitative research approach. In addition, the effectiveness of the measures will be examined and possible implementation difficulties or further support needs will be addressed. Based on the study results, positive examples are identified and further measures and needs are identified. Finally, recommendations for prevention are derived in order to increase occupational safety for staff in emergency departments in the long term.

    Funding: BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege)

  • With the amendment of the SGB IX (§§ 215-218) from 01.01.2018, inclusive companies are obliged to provide measures for workplace health promotion. Currently, there are no scientifically sound studies that deal with workplace health promotion in inclusive companies. The aim of the project is to test and evaluate measures for workplace health promotion in inclusive companies.

    For this purpose, an as-is analysis consisting of participant observations, focus groups with employees as well as semi-structured interviews with teachers and other relevant actors, such as integration offices, will be carried out in five Hamburg inclusion companies. Heterogeneous groups of employees (e.g. employees with varying impairments), different sectors (e.g. gastronomy, crafts, gardening and landscaping) and company sizes are taken into account.On the basis of the analysis of the current situation, behavioural and situational preventive measures for health promotion are (further) developed in participatory workshops together with the employees and managers, tested in the companies and reviewed in the context of an evaluation. A special focus is on mental health promotion.

    The project results will be disseminated in the form of a handbook with practical recommendations for action on workplace health promotion and made available to inclusive companies and other relevant stakeholders.

    Funding: Federal Ministry of Health - Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (BMG)

  • In the course of the expansion of technical possibilities, it has been observed in the last few years that employees want learning opportunities that are flexible in terms of location and time in addition to face-to-face offers for continuing professional development. At the same time, there is also an acute need for digital continuing education offers due to the currently existing Corona pandemic. Explicitly for the professional group of occupational physicians, however, there are only few reliable research results on the quality and effectiveness of digital continuing education measures. The aim of the project is therefore to develop and evaluate web-based e-learning offers for future occupational physicians. The focus of the research project is on gaining knowledge regarding the adaptation of the continuing education offer to the evaluation results of the target group. To this end, various web-based learning platforms will first be reviewed and analysed with regard to their application possibilities, and a medical association will be supported in the implementation of digital continuing education offers. Furthermore, the satisfaction and needs of course participants in all further training courses in occupational medicine with regard to the digital further training format will be evaluated in a nationwide quantitative survey. Based on the results of the survey, a blended learning concept will be developed for the integration of digital and presentation-based continuing education formats.

    Funding: BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege)

  • Healthcare workers in particular are at high risk of infection in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In ambulatory care, care workers visit many different households per work shift, so there is the potential for undetected spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus via home visits due to the greater number of contacts. In order to gain insights into seroprevalence and possible transmission routes in ambulatory care, the study was started with care services in Hamburg.

    Funding: BGW (Berufsgenossenschaft für Gesundheitsdienst und Wohlfahrtspflege)

  • Funding: Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research, Equality and Districts - BWGF (Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke Hamburg)

    The project, which was funded within the framework of HOOU Early Bird, was created in cooperation with various institutes of the UKE using learner-oriented scenarios. Existing learning materials were revised according to the HOOU requirements. An online tool on risks and prevention of diabetes was programmed using the commercial software "Articulate Storyline-2", a precursor version of "Articulate 360". With the tool, users can determine their own diabetes risk online. Based on the input, the user/learner receives concrete personalised recommendations on diet and exercise. In addition, background information on the individual diabetes risk factors is made available to interested laypersons or Hamburg citizens and those involved in preventive health care. The tool can also be used in general practitioners' or company doctors' counselling of patients and volunteers. The practical application was evaluated in two companies and the results were analysed with regard to their significance in comparison to already established questionnaire surveys (FindRisk and DifE diabetes questionnaire). Since 2021, the tool has no longer been actively developed; however, the platform will continue to be maintained for online use.

  • Funding: Bundeslotsenkammer