Seventh CoRe-Net Newsletter

Dear CoRe-Net members,
dear Sir or Madam,

This year has brought many challenges around the world. Nevertheless, we are pleased that CoRe-Net I has been successfully completed and that CoRe-Net II has been launched with full commitment in May 2020. We are looking forward to further cooperation and wish for now above all health and peaceful Christmas.

For now we are pleased to present our seventh international newsletter. It provides up-to-date information concerning CoRe-Net ‒ a competence network connecting scientific practice and research in Cologne.
If you are looking for cooperation partners or methodological advice, please feel free to contact us.

For further information on CoRe-Net, please visit our English website.

1. Ethics Vote and DRKS

We are pleased to announce that the CoRe-Net ethics application has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne.

CoRe-Net II is now officially registered in the German Registry of Clinical Studies (DRKS) and can be accessed on the public page of the DRKS.

Read more here.

2. Look back

2.1. Methods Seminar – SEIA

On November 3rd, 2020, two methods seminars on the topic of “Socioeconomic Impact Assessment – SEIA” were organized.

Read more about the event.

2.2. General Assembly 2020

On Dezember 9th, 2020, our first CoRe-Net general assembly of the second funding phase took place. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this was conducted in digital format. A total of 35 people attended the meeting.

Read more here.

3. New publications

Scholten, N., Ihle, P., Pfaff, H.; on behalf oft the CoRe-Net consortium (2020). Sustainable Infrastructure for Health Services Research: Development of a Regional SHI Routine Database. Das Gesundheitswesen, DOI: 10.1055/a-1205-0751

The article is available here.

Voltz, R., Dust, G., Schippel, N., Hamacher, S., Payne, S., Scholten, N., Pfaff, H., Rietz, C., Strupp, J.; on behalf of The CoRe Net Co applicants (2020). Improving regional care in the last year of life by setting up a pragmatic evidence-based Plan–Do–Study–Act cycle: results from a cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open;10:e035988. DOI: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-035988

The article is available here.

Hower, K., Vennedey, V.,Hillen, H., Stock, S., Kuntz, K., Pfaff, H., Pförtner, T-K., Scholl, I., Ansmann, L. (2020). Is Organizational Communication Climate a Precondition for Patient-Centered Care? Insights from a Key Informant Survey of Various Health and Social Care Organizations. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17, 8074. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17218074

The article is available here.

In cooperation with the CoRe-Net project LYOL-C:
Vennedey, V., Dust, G., Schippel, N., Shukri, A., Strupp, J., Rietz, C., Voltz, R. and Stock, S. (2020). Patient-centered care during the last year of life: adaptation and validation of the German PACIC short form for bereaved persons as proxies (PACIC-S9-proxy). BMC Palliative Care, 19(177). DOI: 10.1186/s12904-020-00687-x

The article is available here.

In cooperation with the CoRe-Net project MenDis-CHD:
Vennedey, V., Peltzer, S., Shukri, A., Müller, H., Jessen, F., Albus, C. and Stock, S. (2020). Comparison of Patient and Proxy Assessment of Patient-Centeredness in the Care of Coronary Heart Disease: A Cross Sectional Survey Using the PACIC-S11.1. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 11; pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1177/2150132720976235

The article is available here.

4. News from the CoRe-Net subprojects

4.1. LYOL-C II – Last year of life study Cologne II: Modelling and evaluation of a minimally invasive two-sided intervention to deliver patient-centered care in hospitals

The project was approved by the ethics committee of the University Hospital of Cologne. Thus, the first building block for the start of the practical implementation of the project has been laid. The preparations for this are currently in the final stages, so that the collection of qualitative interviews can begin soon, which will serve to ensure that the intervention is implemented as practically as possible. Furthermore, the recruitment of hospital wards at the University Hospital of Cologne that could be considered for the implementation of the planned study is in progress.

Read more here.

4.2. MenDis-CHD II – A primary care physician based intervention to improve health care in coronary heart disease patients with mental and cognitive disorders

In the past weeks, the two main publications of MenDis-CHD I could be submitted to two journals. The publication with the quantitative main results was successfully accepted by the journal PLOS ONE and will now be published in the next issue. The ethics application for study parts A and B of MenDis-CHD II has also been reviewed, so that we expect the written vote of the ethics committee soon to begin with the implementation of the study parts soon. The questionnaire prepared for study part A can be printed after little corrections and a pre-test. The interview guide for Part B will also be subjected to a pre-test. With regard to study part C, a cooperation with the company axaris – software & systeme GmbH could be entered into in order to enable the data selection in the GP practices. Preparations for the ethical submission of this part of the study are in progress.  

Read more here.

4.3. OrgValue II – A primary care physician based intervention to improve health care in coronary heart disease patients with mental and cognitive disorders

OrgValue II supports the two intervention projects LYOL-C II and MenDis-CHD II as a transversal project within the development and implementation processes of the interventions. The preparations for the qualitative interviews in cooperation with LYOL-C II and MenDis-CHD II are in progress.
The design of the Delphi study is completed and the ethics paper is currently under review.
Two new publications have been published.  

Read more here.

5. News from the cooperation projects

5.1. K-APAT – Ambulatory parenteral antibiotic therapy

The survey of general practitioners has now been completed with a response rate of 21 %, corresponding to the number of 404 general practitioners.
The number of patient interviews requested has already been reached. Their evaluations are running parallel to further interviews and indicate a high level of patient satisfaction.
Through the general practitioners survey, we hope for greater awareness of the outpatient form of therapy, as the number of patients included at the end of the year was lower than in the months before.
The focus groups will follow with a slight delay in the second quarter of 2021 due to the contact restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic and also the currently greatly increased workload of the potential participants (outpatient and hospital doctors).

Read more here.

6. International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM)

A relevant approach for CoRe-Net is the concept of Value-based Healthcare, as represented by ICHOM.

– ICHOM has announced the launch of the 2021 Value-Based Healthcare Learning Series.
Read more here.

– Update on standard sets.
Read more here.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, time to relax and all the best for the New Year!

With best regards,

Prof. Holger Pfaff und Dr. Nadine Scholten and Lisa Bach
on behalf of the applicants