2021: The year in review

At the beginning of the new year, we would like to summarize all the events of 2021 and also look ahead to 2022.

Relaunch of the CoRe-Net Homepage

The year 2021 began with the relaunch of our CoRe-Net homepage. Our website is now restructured according to the two funding phases and we are very happy to present you all the information about CoRe-Net in a modern design.

Launch Event: 1st CoRe-Net Supply Report

Within the framework of CoRe-Net II, a total of three supply reports with different thematic focuses are being developed. The data required for this are taken from the CoRe-Net database.
In August 2021, the 1st CoRe-Net supply report on the topic of “Care for people in their last year of life in Cologne” was presented at a digital launch event.

The report includes topics such as communication about the finite nature of life, the desired place of death and decisions about complex care needs. It also derives recommendations for action.

Read more here.

Click here for the press report from 17.08.2021 in german language (University of Cologne).

First working group founded in the network – “Patient-oriented Intersectoral Health Care”

As a follow-up to the CoRe-Net general assembly on Dezember 09,2020, the working group Patient-centred Intersectoral Health Care” was founded. The first meeting took place on June 24th, 2021. During this meeting, Dr. Thomas Joist was elected as leader and Ms. Vera Vennedey was elected as deputy leader.

The working group aims to develop a process to improve the flow of information between the sectors and to further develop digital processes to optimize discharge and handover management.

In doing so, it has already initiated a topic for our Methods forum this year: a presentation on “Intersectoral data-driven communication” will be held on February 16th 2022, from 04:00 to 05:30 pm.

Read more here .

The interdisciplinary working group addresses scientists, health care providers, patient representatives as well as payers and the city of cologne.

Existing and new cooperation

Health Literacy Network Germany (New CoRe-Net member)
Since February 2021, we are pleased to welcome the Health Literacy Network Germany as a new member of CoRe-Net.
We are looking forward to our collaboration!

Cooperation project “CoRe-Web“
In October 2021, the new CoRe-Net cooperation project “CoRe-Web” (implementation and evaluation of an online platform for research data of the metropolitan region Rhineland using the example of health care research in the last year of life) started.

We are pleased to announce that CoRe-Web initiated and co-sponsored the second topic of our Methods Forum this year: on February 17th 2022, a workshop on “Target group-oriented writing in the health sector” will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Read more here.

Cooperation project “K-APAT“ wins the MSD Health Award 2021
We are very pleased that our cooperation project K-APAT has been awarded the special prize “more patient autonomy” of the MSD Health Award.

Watch a video clip about the project here. (German language)

Cooperation with the City of Cologne
Since December 2021, we welcome the City of Cologne as a new cooperation partner in the CoRe-Net network.

Not all people living in large cities like Cologne have equal access to medical and other health services. In addition, existing medical health services and complementary services are not always linked in the best possible way; integrated planning and provision of services optimizes outcomes while keeping overall costs as low as possible.

In many disciplines, it has been demonstrated that evaluation and feedback of results – probably also through the reflection based on them – already exert a beneficial influence on what is studied. This is also true in the field of health services research.

The University of Cologne, especially the Center for Health Services Research Cologne (ZVFK) and CoRe-Net, can and would like to make a scientific contribution to a continuous improvement process in municipal health care in Cologne. The City of Cologne has clear visions, pursues its strategic aims for the city and implements a continuous improvement process. Therefore, the initiatives of the City of Cologne and the University of Cologne complement each other in a particularly favourable way.

We are looking forward to the cooperation!

CoRe-Net Events

Career Day 2021
On February 18th 2021, our first CoRe-Net Career Day took place. The event was organised in cooperation with the ZVFK.
Like many of our events, the Career Day was conducted digitally due to the Covid 19 pandemic. We are pleased about the great interest – a total of 58 persons participated via the Zoom platform and received an overview into the various fields of work from research and development in healthcare through the 14 speakers.

Methods forum on the topic: “Qualitative Research Methods”
On March 22th 2021, our digital methods forum on “Qualitative Research Methods” was organised in cooperation with the ZVFK.
Three workshops were offered on the following topics:

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Working with MAXQDA
  • Assessment of evidence from qualitative systematic reviews with GRADE-CERQual

Event series: “COVID – Research at the University of Cologne
On three evenings in May 2021 our digital event series “COVID – Research at the University of Cologne” took place in cooperation with the ZVFK.
The three themed evenings gave an overview into the research projects of the University of Cologne in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic for all interested citizens.

  • 12th May 2021 – Nursing and school life in pandemic times
  • 19th May 2021 – Social effects of the pandemic
  • 26th May 2021 – Medical sectors in the pandemic

Academy for young researchers: “Support for the application process”
On June 25th 2021, the digital workshop “Support for the application process” took place in cooperation with the ZVFK as part of our academy for young researchers.
The participants heard presentations on the various funding opportunities in health care research (range of topics: third-party funding) and received advice on which specifics are important in a project application. Finally, they were given the opportunity to put the information they had received into practice and to reflect on it during an exercise and subsequent discussion.

General assembly 2021
On October 27th 2021, our second CoRe-Net general assembly of the second funding phase took place. In accordance with the 2G rule, this meeting was organised in the presence of the members. The meeting took place in the premises of the University Hospital Cologne. A total of 27 people attended the meeting.

After the two-hour meeting, the participants exchanged views on the meeting topics and upcoming projects over drinks in the spirit of the network character.

Methods forum on the topic: “Effective and efficient interdisciplinary teamwork”
On November 11th and 12th 2021, two successive course days were held as part of our digital methods forum on the topic of “Effective and efficient interdisciplinary teamwork“. The event was again organised in cooperation with the Center for Health Services Research Cologne (ZVFK).

In our methods forum we addressed opportunities and challenges, especially in the context of scientific project work and current framework conditions that can accompany work in an interdisciplinary team.

All publications

In 2021, a total of eight book and journal articles were published as part of the CoRe-Net (cooperation) projects. In addition, the first CoRe-Net supply report was presented and published.

CoRe-Net I

Pfaff, H., Albus, C., Bach, L., Blaschke, K., Britz, A., Hower, K., Ihle, P., Jessen, F., Kasdorf, A., Kuntz, L., Meyer, I., Peltzer, S., Scholten, N., Schultz-Nieswandt, F., Seibert, M., Stock, S., Strupp, J., Vennedey, V., Voltz, R. (2020). CoRe-Net – Cologne Research and Development Network: Schlussbericht 2020: Laufzeit des Vorhabens: 01.02.2017-30.04.2020. Köln: Universität zu Köln.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.

CoRe-Net II in Kooperation mit LYOL-C I

Blaschke, K., Meyer, I., Strupp, J., Kasdorf, A. & Voltz, R. (2021). Versorgung von Menschen im letzten Lebensjahr in Köln – Ein CoRe-Net Versorgungsbericht. CoRe-Net: Kölner Kompetenznetzwerk aus Praxis und Forschung.

Der Bericht steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.


Kasdorf, A., Dust, G., Vennedey, V., Rietz, C., Polidori, M.C., Voltz, R., Strupp, J.; on behalf of the CoRe‑Net Co‑applicants (2021). What are the risk factors for avoidable transitions in the last year of life? A qualitative exploration of professionals’ perspectives for improving care in Germany. BMC Health Serv Res, 21(147). doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06138-4.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.

Schippel, N., Dust, G., Von Reeken, C., Voltz, R., Strupp, J., & Rietz, C. (2021). Can we determine burdensome transitions in the last year of life based on time of occurrence and frequency? An explanatory mixed-methods study. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S1478951521001395.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.


Strupp, J., Kasdorf, A., Dust, G., Hower, K.I., Seibert, M., Werner, B., Kuntz, L., Schulz-Nieswandt, F., Meyer, I., Pfaff, H., Hellmich, M., Voltz, R.; On behalf of CoReNet (2021). Last Year of Life Study-Cologne (LYOL-C) (Part II): study protocol of a prospective interventional mixed-methods study in acute hospitals to analyse the implementation of a trigger question and patient question prompt sheets to optimise patient-centred care. BMJ Open, 11(7). doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048681.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.

MenDis-CHD I

Peltzer, S., Müller, H., Köstler, U., Schulz-Nieswandt, F., Jessen, F., Albus, C.; on behalf of the CoRe-Net study group (2020). Detection and treatment of mental disorders in patients with coronary heart disease (MenDis-CHD): A cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE, 15(12): e0243800. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0243800.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.

OrgValue I

Ansmann, L., Vennedey, V., Hillen, H.A., Stock, S., Kuntz, L., Pfaff, H., Mannion, R., Hower, K.I.; Cologne Research and Development Network (CoRe-Net) Study Group (2021). Resource dependency and strategy in healthcare organizations during a time of scarce resources: evidence from the metropolitan area of cologne. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 35(9), 211-227.
doi: 10.1108/JHOM-12-2020-0478.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.

Leidner, C., Vennedey, V., Hillen, H., Ansmann, L., Stock, S., Kuntz, L., Pfaff, H., Hower, KI.; On behalf of the CoRe‑Net Co‑applicants (2021). Implementation of patient-centred care: which system-level determinants matter from a decision maker’s perspective? Results from a qualitative interview study across various health and social care organisations. BMJ Open, 11: e050054.
doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050054.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.


K-APAT (2021). Fact-Sheet: Ergebnisse der Befragung von Hausärzt:innen zur Evaluation der hausärztlichen Versorgung an der ambulantstationären Schnittstelle im Regierungsbezirk Köln. Köln: Veröffentlichungsreihe des Instituts für Medizinsoziologie, Versorgungsforschung und Rehabilitationswissenschaft (IMVR) der Universität zu Köln.

Der Artikel steht Ihnen hier zur Verfügung.

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Launch Event – 2nd CoRe-Net Supply Report
In spring 2022, the second CoRe-Net supply report will again be presented at a digital launch event. The report will focus on the care of people with mental disorders in the presence of heart disease and will build on the results of the MenDis-CHD I project.

CoRe-Net projects enter the intervention phase
After the successful completion of the modeling phase, all CoRe-Net projects start into the intervention phase in 2022. The interim results are eagerly awaited and will again be presented at our annual general assembly.

For detailed information about the ongoing work in the CoRe-Net projects LYOL-C II, MenDis-CHD II and OrgValue II please visit our homepage.

We would also like to thank all members and interested parties for their participation in our offers and the valuable exchange.

We are now looking forward to further cooperation to improve medical and social care in Cologne.

With best regards

Prof. Dr. Holger Pfaff, Dr. Nadine Scholten and Lisa Bach
On behalf of all applicants and employees.