Tenth CoRe-Net Newsletter

Dear CoRe-Net members,
dear Sir or Madam,

we are very pleased to inform you in our tenth CoRe-Net newsletter about news concerning CoRe-Net – a competence network connecting scientific practice and research in Cologne.
This is supplemented by dates from the area of health services research as well as current research funding announcements.
If you are looking for cooperation partners or methodological advice, please feel free to contact us.

1. Presentation by Prof. Dr. Holger Pfaff at the DKVF 2022

The symposium of this year’s 21st German Conference on Health Services Research on the topic “Networking in Health Services Research – What have the four regional networks of the BMBF structural funding for health services research achieved?” served as a forum for exchange between the four regional networks Ham-Net (Hamburg Network for Health Services Research), EMANet (Emergency and Acute Medicine Network for Health Care Research) and NAVICARE (Network for Patient-Oriented Health Services Research).

Prof. Dr. Holger Pfaff reported in this setting on the goals of CoRe-Net achieved so far, as well as facilitating factors and barriers within the network formation.

The corresponding presentation slides can be found here (german language).

2. LYOL-C II wins poster award at the 14th DGP

The CoRe-Net subproject LYOL-C II won the poster prize at this year’s 14th Congress of the German Society for Palliative Medicine (DGP) in Bremen.

Jana Frey presented a poster on the topic “Have we done enough to involve palliative care? Recruitment of patients with advanced incurable disease in the last year of life on general hospital wards using the example of LYOL-C II“.

The poster can be found here.

We congratulate the whole project team of LYOL-C II for this success!

3. Look Back

3.1 CoRe-Net General Assembly 2022

On December 14, 2022, the third CoRe-Net general assembly of the second funding phase took place. The event could be held in presence in the premises of the Institute for Medical Sociology, Health Services Research and Rehabilitation Science (IMVR) in Cologne. A total of 25 people participated in the meeting. We would like to thank all speakers for their exciting contributions and the design of the posters. Furthermore, we would like to thank all participants for the stimulating discussions and the lively exchange during the general meeting.

Here you can find the detailed review of the general assembly 2022 (incl. poster session).

We would like to thank the speakers very much and are pleased about the lively exchange and the exciting discussion of the participants on both days of the event.

4. News from the CoRe-Net database – CoRe-Dat

News about CoRe-Dat can always be found on our website.

5. New publications

LYOL-C & OrgValue

Frey JS., Dust G., Werner B., Voltz R., Strupp J. (2022) Haben wir genug getan, um die Palliativmedizin zu involvieren? Herausforderungen in der Rekrutierung von Patient*innen mit fortgeschrittener unheilbarer Erkrankung im letzten Lebensjahr auf allgemeinen Krankenhausabteilungen am Beispiel von LYOL-C II. 14. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Palliativmedizin (DGP). Bremen, 28.09-01.10.22. Z Palliativmed 2022; 23: e1 – e59. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1754076.
The article is available here.

Leminski, C., Bach, L., Hower, K., Peter, S., Werner, B., Schulz-Nieswandt, F., Ulmer, M., Kasdorf, A., Strupp, J., Voltz, R. & Pfaff, H. (2022) Entwicklung von Maßnahmen zur Implementierung einer minimal invasiven Intervention (MINI) in das Setting allgemeiner Krankenhausstationen. 21. Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung (DKVF). Potsdam, 05.-07.10.2022. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House. doi: 10.3205/22dkvf422.
The article is available here.

MenDis-CHD I

Peltzer, S., Köstler, U., Müller, H., Scholten, N., Schulz‐Nieswandt, F., Jessen, F., Albus, Ch. & CoRe‐Net Study Group. (2022). The psychological consequences of living with coronary heart disease: Are patients‘ psychological needs served? A mixed‐method study in Germany. Health Expectations, 25(6), 2746-2761. doi: 10.1111/hex.13467. 
The article is available here.


Scholten N., Leisse C., Brandes V. et al. Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy in Germany: a prospective cohort study protocol. BMJ Open. 2022 Nov 14;12(11):e061417. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061417.
The article is available here.

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All publications of CoRe-Net and the individual projects can be found here.

6. News from the CoRe-Net subprojects

6.1 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 intervention phase has started on the nephrology and gynecology wards. Both wards are now using the Surprise Question, the German version of the Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT-DETM), and the Question Prompt Sheet.

Read more.

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

The analysis of the prospective cohort study (study part A) has progressed, so that the first manuscripts are now being prepared. All primary care practices have successfully completed the intervention phase, which also means the start of the evaluation of the intervention. Routine data is now being exported for this purpose.
In study part C, interviews will be conducted with 11 general practitioners and 10 patients. The recruitment for the written patient survey regarding the Question Prompt Sheet is finished. Statistical analysis will begin.

Read more.

6.3 OrgValue II – A multicenter-multilevel approach to examining regulatory and organizational bottlenecks in the care of vulnerable patients in Cologne

Delphi study

The data collection phase of the Delphi study ended with the completion of the second survey round in July. The aim of the survey was to gather assessments from stakeholders in the German healthcare system on the relevance and feasibility of activities and steps to implement value-based care (VBC) in Germany.

Read more.

7. News from the cooperation projects

7.1 K-APAT – Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic therapy in the Metropolitan Area of Cologne

The K-APAT project has been completed and the final reports submitted to the funding agency (G-BA).
The results of the K-APAT study show that APAT is both safe and feasible in Germany when appropriate programs are deployed via clear care plans and consistent monitoring by qualified multidisciplinary staff.

Read more.

7.2 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

News about CoRe-Web can always be found on our Website.

With best regards,
Prof. Holger Pfaff and PD Dr. Nadine Scholten
on behalf of the applicants