Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Social medicine focuses on the social conditions and implications of illness and health, and on exploring the impact societal and political factors have on illness and health. Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the causes of disease conditions. It offers methodical and methodological tools to explore determinants of illness and health, with the aim of improving health in entire populations. Thus, social medicine and epidemiology are essential theoretical and methodical basic disciplines in medical-scientific education at the Brandenburg Medical School. Our concept of medical education places particular emphasis on the sound conveyance of empirical-scientific research methods, training in critical assessment of existing knowledge, and on developing awareness for social and institutional conditions of illness and health.

Teaching and research activities at the Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology aim to contribute to an excellent and person-centred system of health care and research. Key research interests at the institute are:

  • systematic identification and evaluation of patient experiences with health care
  • consistent integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • further development of approaches to integrate different data formats
  • development of mixed-method study designs for health services research

The Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology is a member of DIPEx Germany and the umbrella organisation DIPEx international. This international research network systematically explores and compares experiences with illness and health reported by individuals. Registered findings are used in research and also as a source of information for other affected persons, scientists and caregivers. The narratives of health and illness experiences are scientifically evaluated and publicly presented at the webpage

In addition the Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology is a partner institution of the NaviCare research network at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The network aims to create a research structure to establish patient-oriented health services research in the region of Berlin and Brandenburg. In this context Prof. Dr. Christine Holmberg organises a monthly colloquium on care research in collaboration with PD Dr. Nina Rieckmann and Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn. The sessions are primarily useful for doctoral candidates who address topics from patient-centred care research.

Further important research partnerships include the National Cancer Institute (US,, in particular the department of cancer prevention and the clinical research organisation NRG Oncology.

Job offers

We are always looking for motivated and qualified student assistants and research associates. Don't hesitate to send us your unsolicited application. 

  • Thier, A., Holmberg, C. (2020). The Patients’ View: Age-related Macular Degeneration and its Effects - A Meta-synthesis. Disability and Rehabilitation. (in press)

  • Gödde, K., Fügemann, H., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Grimberg, M., Goerling, U., Siegerink, B., Rieckmann, N., Holmberg, C. (2020) Strukturierte Erfassung von Unterstützungsangeboten für Lungenkrebs- und Schlaganfallbetroffene in Berlin; Gesundheitswesen (in press)

  • Schultze, M., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Holmberg, C. (2020) Discussing the effects of prostate cancer beyond biographical disruption and new normalcy: the experiences of men with prostate cancer in Germany. Sociology of Health & Illness. (in press)

Head of Institute:
Prof. Dr. phil. Christine Holmberg, MA, MPH
Telefon: +49 3381 41 1281
Melanie Kahle-Stephan
Phone: +49 3381 41 1280
Nannette Theuer
Phone:+49 3381 41 1280
Research Assistants:
Tim Holetzek, MA
Phone: +49 3381 41 1282
Dr. Andreas Bergholz
Phone: +49 3381 41 1288
Anke Desch
Phone: +49 3381 41 1298
Hella Fügemann, MA, MPH
Phone: +49 3381 41-1295
Dr. med. Philipp Jaehn, MSc
Phone: +49 3381 41 1283
Dr. Franziska König, MA, MSc
Phone: +49 3381 41 1286
Dr. Lenka Körner Nahodilová
Phone: 03381 41-1294
Sibille Merz, PhD
Phone: +49 3381 41 1284
Lea Minow
Joshua Paul, PhD
Phone: +49 3381 41 1293
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Anne Thier, MSc, MPH
Phone: +49 3381 41 1285
Student Assistants
Pauline Brunner
Hanna Buck
Niklas Demmerer
Sophie Müller
Josephine Schliephacke
Katharine Storms
Lisa Suchner
Phone (all student assistants): +49 3381 41-1296
Research projects
Health service research


One of the consequences of demographic change is an increasing number of elderly patients with visual impairments, primarily due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Advanced stages of the illness make human or technical assistance indispensable, e.g. during daily household chores, driving, or reading books. Advisory services on medical aids or psychosocial support are available to affected individuals who wish to maintain a maximum degree of independence. However, access to pertinent advice appears to be difficult for elderly people, resulting in insufficient information.
The AMD Care project aims to identify and analyse existing barriers to the use of advisory services on medical aids and psychosocial support. Researchers determine the level of knowledge among opticians and ophthalmologists about advisory services on medical aids and psychosocial support, and explore the lifeworld experience and perception of elderly AMD patients.
AMD Care will use study findings to develop strategies to improve the distribution and knowledge of advisory services on medical aids and psychosocial support via ophthalmologists, opticians, general practitioners and other health professionals.
  • Friebe Foundation

CoronaCare - An ethnographic study of the risks to and potentialities for social health during the Corona crisis

Government public health measures, namely social distancing, mandatory mask wearing, and the prohibition of large gatherings of people, have significantly slowed the spread of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. These sweeping measures have, however, also fundamentally altered social life and as such they have serious implications for "social health." Social health understands health to be fundamentally social, that is sustained in and through everyday social contacts in communities, social networks, and families. It highlights the importance of community and togetherness on our physical health and psychological well-being. CoronaCare is an ethnographic study which will longitudinally examine the impact of policy and community interventions on social health in Germany. Ultimately, CoronaCare will derive empirically informed strategies and recommendations for communities and individuals to maintain social health in future pandemics.

Project duration: 2020-21

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, Germany)

Cooperation partner: Institut of Social Medicine and Health Systems Research, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

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CoronaPflege – Psychosocial stress of caregivers in Brandenburg nursing homes during the Corona crisis

Nursing staff, especially those in geriatric care, face diverse and far-reaching physical, psychological and emotional stresses in their day-to-day work. Since the beginning of the Corona crisis, such stresses are likely to be even more noticeable. Particularly in the state of Brandenburg, where the need for nursing staff will continue to increase in the future due to demographic developments, it is of central importance to identify such stress factors in order to be able to improve employment conditions in nursing. Therefore, the question arises which factors contribute most to the psychosocial stress of nursing staff in Brandenburg's elderly care facilities during the Corona crisis.

The CoronaPflege project addresses this question with the help of quantitative and qualitative research elements. The quantitative part is a one-time anonymous questionnaire survey, which is currently being conducted in four regions. In addition to socio-demographic information and questions about the respective care facility, the questionnaire particularly includes questions about current psychosocial stress at work, the impact of the Corona crisis on various aspects of professional and private life, and stress. In addition, interviews will be conducted with some volunteers to shed more light on the impact of the Corona crisis on the reality of life and the everyday professional life of caregivers.


KaViB - Cardiological Care in Brandenburg

Despite a relatively good supply situation of cardiologists and general practitioners, the federal state of Brandenburg shows a high disease burden and mortality rate for cardiovascular diseases in comparison to other states. The research project KaViB investigates how the overall cardiological care infrastructure in the field of cardiovascular diseases is structured. It therefore makes use of a mixed-methods-approach that on the one hand maps all relevant care facilities and investigates how these might be related to hospitalization rates of selected cardiovascular diseases or risk factors in the elderly. The project also attempts to investigate to what extent these hospitalizations might be related to factors of rurality. The qualitative part of the research project will investigate how patients with cardiovascular diseases or risk factors shape their health care. In doing so, a lifeworld perspective will be taken, which wants to understand the subjective design as holistically as possible. Finally, in a third step, it will be examined how existing care infrastructures are used and to what extent informal aspects such as social networks, neighborhoods, etc. also play a role.


NAVICARE – Network to strengthen patient-oriented health services research

Germany’s healthcare system is highly specialized and at the same time extremely fragmented. This is a challenge specifically to chronically ill and multimorbid patients. Innovative care models may serve to remove existing barriers and bridge resulting supply gaps. So-called patient navigators constitute a possible approach already employed in countries such as the United States. Navigators are specially trained to accompany and support patients even beyond the limits of the usual care structures and thus facilitate “navigation” within a fragmented care system.
 The NAVICARE network combines the expertise and methodological competences of various project partners and  includes stakeholders and patient representatives. Apart from research and networking, the project objectives are to improve training in health services research and to promote of young researchers. The Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin is the project site, with Prof. Holmberg as one of the co-applicants.
Project duration: 2017-2020

Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


DIPEx - Database of Individual Patients' Experiences

The experience of other affected persons is of main importance in coping with illness. However, not much is known about ways in which scientifically investigated and publically available narratives of individual illness are used. One aim of DIPEx Oncology was to make such illness-related experiences of patients with prostate, breast and colorectal cancer available at, and to evaluate this service with a special focus on strengthening patient competence (Giesler et al. 2017). Interview data are further analysed, e.g. in regard to cancer patients’ information needs (Blödt et al. 2018).
  • Federal Ministry of Health (National Cancer Plan)
  • Krebsallianz (
Cooperation partners:
  • DIPEx Germany
  • University of Freiburg
  • Joachim Weis (University of Freiburg, Tumor Biology Clinic)
  • Juergen M. Giesler (Unversity of Freiburg, Institute of Medical Biometrics and Statistics)
  • Psychoonkology (Comprehensive Cancer Center, Charité)
  • Interdisciplinary Breast Center (Charité)
  • Interdisciplinary Prostate Center (IPZ) (Charité)
  • Stiftung Männergesundheit – Men’s Health Foundation
Selected publications:
  • Blödt S, Kaiser M, Adam Y et al: Understanding the role of health information in patients’ experiences: secondary analysis of qualitative narrative interviews with people diagnosed with cancer in Germany. BMJ Open
  • Giesler JM, Keller B, Repke T, Leonhart R, Weis J, Muckelbauer R, Rieckmann N, Müller-Nordhorn J, Lucius-Hoene G, Holmberg C: Effect of a Website That Presents Patients’ Experiences on Self-Efficacy and Patient Competence of Colorectal Cancer Patients: Web-Based Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR
  • Lucius-Hoene G, Holmberg C, Meyer T (Eds.): Illness Narratives in Practice: Potentials and Challenges of Using Narratives in Health-related Contexts. 2018. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
Decision-Making in Patients at Risk for Breast Cancer

Decision-Making in Patients at Risk for Breast Cancer

In the US tamoxifen and raloxifene, two selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), are approved for breast cancer risk reduction since both SERMs have shown to reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer by 50%. The study´s primary aim was to describe the influence of social, environmental and psychological factors (sociality of medication intake, life-events, understanding of prevention, clinical situation) on the decision of women at risk for breast cancer for using chemoprevention agents (Holmberg et al. 2017). Secondary aims are to understand the implications of and influences on decision making that a diagnosis of 'being at risk for breast cancer' has for women, to develop a survey that identifies the factors that influence the decision-making process of women at high risk of breast cancer who are considering chemoprevention, and to understand, what factors hinder women from taking chemoprevention for breast cancer (e.g. Blakeslee et al 2017; Gunn et al 2017).
  • National Cancer Institute
  • NRG Oncology
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center (Division of Cancer Medicine: Dr. Therese Bevers)
  • Boston University Medical Center (Center of Excellence in Women’s Health: Tracy Battaglia)
  • University of Utah (Department of Population Health Sciences: Angela Fagerlin)
Ausgewählte Publikationen:
  • Holmberg C et al, NRG Oncology/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Decision-Making Project-1 Results: Decision Making in Breast Cancer Risk Reduction.2017, Journal for Cancer Prevention
  • Blakeslee S et al, Deciding on breast cancer risk reduction: The role of counselling in individual decision-making – A qualitative study. PEC-Journal

SGB-REHA: Cross-sectoral gerontopsychiatric treatment and rehabilitation in nursing homes

The number of people in need of care in Germany will continue to rise in the coming years. Especially after hospitalization, the risk for older people to remain permanently in a nursing home is increasing. In the SGB-REHA project, a cross-sector multiprofessional rehabilitation concept for people in inpatient care for the elderly is to be implemented and evaluated region-wide.

The starting point is a best practice model of therapeutic care with rehabilitative components (Haus Ruhrgarten, Mühlheim), which is being qualitatively examined in a preliminary study in order to identify barriers to its nationwide implementation and to develop a training concept. Based on a preliminary analysis of health insurance data from Haus Ruhrgarten, the research hypotheses are that the implementation of the model can improve the daily skills, cognitive performance and quality of life of nursing home residents on the one hand, and the job satisfaction of nursing staff on the other. Likewise, the reduction of hospitalizations and treatment costs as well as psychopharmaceutical administration and an increased number of residents returning to their own homes are expected.

In the planned main study, the care model will be evaluated qualitatively, quantitatively and health-economically in a multimodal intervention.

Science and technology studies


The joint project AdvanceGender aims to develop a tool box with methods of gender-sensitive research to guide the design of research processes in population-based studies: the idea is to facilitate gender-sensitive research as a basis for empirically grounded health monitoring. The project AdvanceGender focuses on study participation and recruitment, data analysis and health monitoring.
The subproject AdvanceRecruitment analyses recruitment and study participation in population-based studies. It explores possible explanations for gender-specific differences in the participation in population-based studies, and possible implications of other categories such as income and education.
For further information, click the link:
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Cooperation partners:
  • Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research, University of Bremen
  • Department of Health Monitoring, Robert Koch Institute
Risk Scores

Risk Scores

The project addresses knowledge transfer processes in epidemiological knowledge generation and the circulation of epidemiological findings in the form of so-called risk scores (Kalender/Holmberg in print).
The objective is to develop an understanding of knowledge transfer processes in epidemiological knowledge generation using the example of a cohort study. An information platform is in preparation to illustrate the generation and dissemination of epidemiological knowledge.
The project uses a combination of method elements from social science and technology research (guideline-based interviews, participatory observations and document analyses). The website is being designed in collaboration with curators, graphic artists, web designers, IT experts and dramatists.
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Cooperation partners:
  • Institute of Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. Susanne Bauer, now: University of Oslo, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture)
Selected publications:
  • Kalender U, Holmberg C (in print): Zukünftiges Datendoppel. Digitale Körpervermessung in Kohortenstudien. In Heyen NB, Dickel S, Brüninghaus A (Eds.), Personal Health Science. Persönliches Gesundheitswissen zwischen Selbstsorge und Bürgerforschung, Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2018.

Selection (for a complete list of publications click here)


  • Kass, B., Dornquast, C., Rieckmann, N., Goerling, U., Holmberg, C., Reinhold, T. (2021): Cost-effectiveness of patient navigation for lung cancer – a systematic review. In: F1000Res 10, S. 314. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.51893.2.

  • Kass, B., Dornquast, C., Meisel, A., Holmberg, C., Rieckmann, N., Reinhold, T. (2021) Cost-effectiveness of patient navigation programs for stroke patients–A systematic review; PLoS ONE 16(10): e0258582; doi: 1371/journal.pone.0258582

  • König, F. (2021) Berufliches Crossover zwischen ökonomischer und soziokultureller Fachwelt. Eine biografieanalytische Untersuchung. Leverkusen-Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich (Qualitative Fall- und Prozessanalysen. Biographie - Interaktion - Soziale Welten Ser, v.23).

  • Schulze, S. and Holmberg, C. (2021) Bedeutung und Belastung von Pflegekräften während der Corona-Krise; Public Health Forum, Vol. 29, No. 1

  • Holmberg, C. (2021) Experiencing Cancer. An Ethnographic Study on Illness and Disease; Ethical Challenges in Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Rutert, B., Stritter, W., Eggert, A., Auge, U., Längler, A., Seifert, G., Holmberg, C. (2021) Development of an Integrative Care Program in a Pediatric Oncology Unit, Complment Med Res 28:131-138,

  • Blödt, S., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Seifert, G., Holmberg, C. (2021) Trust, medical expertise and humaneness: A qualitative study on people with cancer’satisfaction with medical care; Health Expect. 00:1-10,
  • Jaehn, P., Holmberg, C., Uhlenbrock, U., Pohl, A., Finkenzeller, T., Pawlik, M.T., Quack, I., Ernstberger, A., Rockmann, F., Schreyer, A., (2021) Differential trends of admissions in accident and emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, BMC Emergency Medicine, doi:

  • Kaiser, M., Adami, S., Lucius-Hoene, G., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Goerling, U., Breuning, M., Holmberg, C., (2021) Learning-by-doing: The importance of experiential knowledge sharing for meeting the information needs of people with colorectal cancer in Germany – a qualitative study; BMJopen, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038460

  • Hiltrop, K., Heidkamp, P., Halbach, S., Brock‐Midding, E., Kowalski, C., Holmberg, C., Ernstmann, N.: Occupational rehabilitation of male breast cancer patients: Return patterns, motives, experiences, and implications—A qualitative study, European Journal of Cancer Care,doi:
  • Mittring-Junghans, N., Holmberg, C., Wit, CM., Teut, M.: Thoughts, beliefs and concepts concerning infectious childhood diseases of physicians practicing homeopathic, anthroposophic and conventional medicine – A qualitative study. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies 21, 46 (2021)


  • Bergholz, Andreas (2020): Bilder von jungen Menschen aus der Sicht Älterer- Eine rekonstruktive Studie am Beispiel eines innerstädtischen Wohnquartiers in Nordrhein-Westfalen. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften; doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-31707-2
  • Anna Lindblad, Simone Kaucher, Philipp Jaehn, Hiltraud Kajüter, Bernd Holleczek, Lauren Lissner, Heiko Becher, Volker Winkler (2020): The Incidence of Intestinal Gastric Cancer among Resettlers in Germany—Do Resettlers Remain at an Elevated Risk in Comparison to the General Population? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020, 17(24), 9215; doi: 10.3390/ijerph17249215
  • Holmberg, C. and Adami, S. (2020) Leben mit dem Stoma; Der Onkologe; 26 (12); 1162-1166;

  • Jedro, Charline; Holmberg, Christine; Tille, Florian; Widmann, Jonas; Schneider, Alice; Stumm, Judith; Döpfmer, Susanne; Kuhlmey, Adelheid; Schnitzer, Susanne (2020) The acceptability of task-shifting from doctors to allied health professionals—results from a representative telephone survey of members of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Deutsches Ärzteblattl Int 2020; 117: 583-90 doi: 10.3238/arztebl.2020.0583
  • Stritter, Wiebke; Rutert, Britta; Eggert, Angelika; Längler, Alfred; Holmberg, Christine; Seifert, Georg (2020) Evaluation of an Integrative Care Program in Pediatric Oncology. doi: 10.1177/1534735420928393
  • Jaehn, P., Mena, E., Merz, S., Hoffmann, R., Gößwald, A., Rommel, A., Holmberg, C. on behalf of the ADVANCE GENDER study group (2020) Non-response in a national health survey in Germany: an intersectionality-informed multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy; PLoS ONE; 15(8): e0237349. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0237349

  • Jaehn, P., Rehling, J., Klawunn, R., Merz, S., Holmberg, C. on behalf of the ADVANCE GENDER study group (2020) Practice of reporting social characteristics when describing representativeness of epidemiological cohort studies – A rationale for an intersectional perspective; SSM Population Health; 11: 100617, doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100617
  • Jedro, C., Tille F., Stumm, J., Holmberg, C., Kuhlmey, A., Schnitzer, S. (2020) Delegation ärztlicher Leistungen an Medizinische Fachangestellte – Akzeptanz und Beurteilung durch die Bevölkerung. Deutsches Ärzteblatt int.; (im Druck)

  • Diekmann, A., Heuser, C., Schellenberger, B., Bohmeier, B.; Holmberg, C.; Ansmann, L. Ernstmann, N. (2020). Patient participation in multidisciplinary tumor conferences: Providers' perceptions of patients' need satisfaction and emotional experiences. Psycho-Oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.5413. (im Druck)

  • Domanska, O. M., Bollweg, T. M., Loer A.-K., Holmberg, C., Schenk L.; Jordan, S. (2020). Development and psychometric properties of a questionnaire assessing self-reported generic health literacy in adolescence. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17(8):2860, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17082860

  • Thier, A., Holmberg, C. (2020). The Patients’ View: Age-related Macular Degeneration and its Effects - A Meta-synthesis. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1775901 (im Druck)

  • Gödde, K., Fügemann, H., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Grimberg, M., Goerling, U., Siegerink, B., Rieckmann, N., Holmberg, C. (2020) Strukturierte Erfassung von Unterstützungsangeboten für Lungenkrebs- und Schlaganfallbetroffene in Berlin; Gesundheitswesen (im Druck)

  • Schultze, M., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Holmberg, C. (2020) Discussing the effects of prostate cancer beyond biographical disruption and new normalcy: the experiences of men with prostate cancer in Germany. Sociology of Health & Illness 42(6): 1359-1378. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.13113
  • Breuning, M., Schäfer-Fauth, L., Lucius-Hoene, G., Holmberg, C. (2020). Connecting one’s own illness story to the illness experiences of others on a website - An evaluation study using the think aloud method. Patient Education and Counseling 103(1), 199-207. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2019.08.014.

  • Jaehn, P., Bobrova, N., Saburova, L., Kudryavtsev, A.V., Malyutina, S., Cook, S. (2020). The relation of gender role attitudes with depression and generalised anxiety disorder in two Russian cities. Journal of Affective Disorders 264, 348-357. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.027.

  • Holmberg, Christine (Hg.) (2020): Krankheitsnarrative in der Versorgungsforschung. In Netzwerk qualitativer Gesundheitsforschung (Hrsg.). Perspektiven qualitativer Gesundheitsforschung. Weinheim: Beltz Juventa Verlag.



  • Akçay, M., Drees, S., Geffert, K., Havemann, M., Hommes, F., Jaehn, P., Krisam, M., Mohsenpour, A., Sell, K., Stratil, J., von Philipsborn, P. (2019). Öffentliche Gesundheit in Deutschland. Eine Perspektive des Nachwuchses. Das Gesundheitswesen (efirst). doi: 10.1055/a-0795-3477.

  • Gunn, C.M., Bokhour, B.G., Parker, V.A., Battaglia, T.A., Parker, P.A., Fagerlin, A., McCaskill-Stevens, W., Bandos, H., Blakeslee, S.B.; Holmberg, C. (2019). Understanding Decision-Making about Breast Cancer Prevention in Action: The Intersection of Perceived Risk, Perceived Control, and Social Context: NRG Oncology/NSABP DMP-1. Medical decision making: an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making, 39(3), 217-227. doi: 10.1177/0272989X19827258.

  • Gunn, C., Bokhour, B., Parker, V. A., Blakeslee, S., Bandos, H., & Holmberg, C. (2019). Exploring Explanatory Models of Risk in Breast Cancer Risk Counseling Discussions: NSABP DMP-1. Cancer Nursing, 42(1). doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000517.

  • Jaehn, P., Kaucher, S., Pikalova, L.V., Mazeina, S., Kajüter, H., Becher, H., Valkov, M., Winkler, V. (2019). A cross-national perspective of migration and cancer: incidence of five major cancer types among resettlers from the former Soviet Union in Germany and ethnic Germans in Russia. BMC Cancer, 19, 869. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-6058-6.

  • Kalender, U.Holmberg, C. (2019). Courtesy work: Care practices for quality assurance in a cohort study. Social Studies of Science, 49(4), 583-604. doi: 10.1177/0306312719863139.

  • Mena E., Bolte G., ADVANCE GENDER Study Group (2019). Intersectionality-based quantitative health research and sex/gender sensitivity: a scoping review. Int J Equity Health, 18(1):199, doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-1098-8.

  • Pöge, K., Rommel, A., Mena, E., Holmberg, C., Saß, A., Bolte, G. (2019). AdvanceGender – Verbundprojekt für eine geschlechtersensible und intersektionale Forschung und Gesundheitsberichterstattung. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, doi:10.1007/s00103-018-2855-3.
  • Samimi, G., Heckman-Stoddard, B.M., Holmberg, C., Tennant, B., Sheppard, B.B., Coa, K.I., Kay, S.S., Ford, L.G., Szabo, E., Minasian, L.M. (2019). Cancer Prevention in Primary Care: Perception of Importance, Recognition of Risk Factors and Prescribing Behaviors. Am J Med. 2019 pii: S0002-9343(19)31095-2, doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2019.11.017.

  • Stöckigt, B., Besch, F., Jeserich, F., Holmberg, C., Witt, C.M., Teut, M. (2019). Die Heiler-Klienten-Beziehung. In M. Teut, M. Dinges und R. Jütte (Herausg.) Religiöse Heiler im medizinischen Pluralismus in Deutschland (pp.73-86) Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

  • Tebest, R., Bergholz, A., Stock, S. (2019). Inanspruchnahme von Versorgungsleistungen des deutschen Gesundheitssystems. In Haring R. (Ed.): Gesundheitswissenschaften. Springer, S. 547-559.

  • Teut, M., Besch, F., Jeserich, F., Holmberg, C., Witt, C.M., Stöckigt, B. (2019). Spirituelle Heilbehandlungen. Wirkkonzepte und subjective Therapieerfahrungen. In M. Teut, M. Dinges und R. Jütte (Herausg.) Religiöse Heiler im medizinischen Pluralismus in Deutschland (pp.53-72) Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.



  • Blödt, S., Kaiser, M., Adam, Y., Adami, S., Schultze, M., Müller-Nordhorn, J., & Holmberg, C. (2018). Understanding the role of health information in patients’ experiences: secondary analysis of qualitative narrative interviews with people diagnosed with cancer in Germany. BMJ Open, 8, e019576. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019576.

  • Cho, A.B.*, Jaehn, P.*, Holleczek, B., Becher, H., Winkler, V. (2018). Stage of cancer diagnoses among migrants from the former Soviet Union in comparison to the German population – are diagnoses among migrants delayed? BMC Public Health, 18(1),148. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5046-0 (* equal contribution).

  • Domanska, O. M., Firnges, C., Bollweg, T. M., Sørensen, K., Holmberg, C., Jordan, S. (2018). Do adolescents understand the items of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) – German version? Findings from cognitive interviews of the project “Measurement of Health Literacy Among Adolescents” (MOHLAA) in Germany. Archives of Public Health, 76:46. doi:10.1186/s13690-018-0276-2.

  • Gabrysch, S., Jaehn, P. (2018). Commentary: Germany must invest in its global health academic workforce. The Lancet, 391(10121), 656-657. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(18)30247-2.

  • Hansen, S.L., Holetzek, T., Heyder, C., Wiesemann, C. (2018). Stakeholder-Beteiligung in der klinischen Forschung: eine ethische Analyse. Ethik in der Medizin, 30(4), 289-305. doi: 10.1007/s00481-018-0487-7.

  • Holmberg, C. (2018). What’s in a name? Anecdotes, Experience, and the Meaning of Stories. In in Lucius-Hoene, G., et al (Eds), Illness Narratives in Practice: Potentials and Challenges of Using Narratives in Health-related Contexts. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Holmberg, C., Muckelbauer, R., Sarganas, G., Braun, V., Heintze, C., Dini, L., Müller-Nordhorn, J. (2018). Primärprävention in der Allgemeinarztpraxis: Eine Befragung. Gesundheitswesen, 80(5), 465-470. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-113601.

  • Kendel, F., Otto, I., Engler, J., Schrader, M., & Holmberg, C. (2018). Leben mit einem lokal begrenzten Prostatakarzinom – Entscheidungsfindung und Krankheitsverarbeitung. Psychotherapie – Psychosomatik – Medizinische Psyhologie (EFirst). doi: 10.1055/s-0043-122880.

  • Lucius-Hoene, G.Holmberg, C., Meyer, T., (Eds.) (2018). Illness Narratives in Practice: Potentials and Challenges of Using Narratives in Health-related Contexts. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Merz, S., Bruni, T., Gadebusch Bondio, M. (2018). Diagnose-Apps: wenig Evidenz, Deutsches Ärzteblatt, 115 (12): A-522/B-454/C454.

  • Merz, S., Williams, R. (2018). ‘We all have a responsibility to each other’: valuing racialised bodies in the neoliberal bioeconomy. New Political Economy, 23(5), 560-573.

  • Starker, A., Buttmann-Schweiger, N., Krause, L., Barnes, B., Kraywinkel, K., Holmberg, C. (2018). Krebsfrüherkennungsuntersuchungen in Deutschland: Angebot und Inanspruchnahme. Bundesgesundheitsblatt – Gesundheitsforschung - Gesundheitsschutz, 61, 1491-1499. doi: 10.1007/s00103-018-2842-8.

  • Stritter, W., Rutert B., Längler, A., Eggert, A., Holmberg, C., Seifert, G. (2018). Integrative Care for Children with Cancer Project Design for the Development of an Integrative Care Programme for Use in Paediatric Oncology. Complement Ther Med. 41, 247-251. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2018.10.005.



  • Blakeslee, S.B., McCaskill-Stevens, W., Parker, P.A., Gunn, C.M., Bandos, H., Bevers, T. B., Battaglia, T. A., Fagerlin, A., Müller-Nordhorn, J., & Holmberg, C. (2017). Deciding on breast cancer risk reduction: The role of counseling in individual decision-making – A qualitative study. Patient Education and Counseling, 100(11), 2346-2354. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2017.06.033.

  • Breuning, M., Lucius-Hoene, G., Burbaum, C., Himmel, W., Bengel, J. (2017). Subjektive Krankheitserfahrungen und Patientenorientierung. Das Website-Projekt DIPEx Germany. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz, 60(4), 453-461.

  • Brandner, S., Stritter, W., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Fotopoulou, C., Sehouli, J., & Holmberg, C. (2017). Taking Responsibility: Ovarian Cancer Patients’ Perspectives on Delayed Healthcare Seeking. Anthropology in Action, 24(3), 41-48. doi: 10.3167/aia.2017.240107.

  • Engler, J., Guthlin, C., Dahlhaus, A., Kojima, E., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Weissbach, L., &[nbsp]Holmberg, C. (2017). Physician cooperation in outpatient cancer care. An amplified secondary analysis of qualitative interview data. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26(6), e12675. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12675.

  • Engler, J., Kone, I., Holmberg, C., Baumann, W., Siebenhofer, A., & Guthlin, C. (2017). Oncologists' views on the importance of general practitioners for cancer patients: a qualitative interview study from Germany. Family Practice. doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmx044.

  • Giesler, J. M., Keller, B., Repke, T., Leonhart, R., Weis, J., Rieckmann, N., Muckelbauer, R., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Lucius-Hoene, G., & Holmberg, C. (2017). Effect of a Website that Presents Patients’ Experiences on Self-Efficacy and Patient Competence of Colorectal Cancer Patients - Results of a web-based randomized-controlled trial (DIPExRCT). Journal for Medical Internet Research, 19(10), e334. doi: 10.2196/jmir.7639.

  • Gunn, C., Bokhour, B., Parker, V. A., Blakeslee, S., Bandos, H., & Holmberg, C. (2017). Exploring Explanatory Models of Risk in Breast Cancer Risk Counseling Discussions: NSABP DMP-1. Cancer Nursing, 42(1), 3-11. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000517.

  • Holmberg, C., Blume, S., Greenough, P. (Eds.) (2017). The Politics of Vaccination: A Global History. Society for the Social History of Medicine Series. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

  • Holmberg, C., Bandos, H., Fagerlin, A., Bevers, T. B., Battaglia, T. A., Wickerham, D. L., & McCaskill-Stevens, W. J. (2017). NRG Oncology/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Decision-Making Project-1 Results: Decision Making in Breast Cancer Risk Reduction. Cancer Prevention Research, 10(11), 625-634. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.capr-17-0076.

  • Jaehn, P., Inhoffen, J., Scheer, J., Streicher, F., Gesine Huhn, A., Lance, C. (2017). [Possibilities for Universities to Influence Global Pricing of Medicines]. Gesundheitswesen, 79(7), 530-534. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-113249.

  • Seanehia, J., Treibich, C., Holmberg, C., Müller-Nordhorn, J., Casin, V., Raude, J., & Mueller, J.E. (2017). Quantifying population preferences around vaccination against severe but rare diseases: A conjoint analysis among French university students, 2016. Vaccine, 35(20), 2676-2684.   doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.03.086.


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