On behalf of the German Network for Health Services Research (DNVF), I would like to cordially invite you to the 22nd German Congress for Health Services Research. The congress will take place from 4.10. to 6.10.2023 in Berlin under the motto "Health services research - motor of evidence-based health policy". Health services research (HSR) provides health policy with the basis for evidence-based advancements of the health system or health care and thus, in the best case, fulfills the function of the (e-)engine of scientifically based health policy. On the basis of actual state analyses, new models and methods of health care are developed and evaluated, and their transfer into routine care and their success are researched. Unfortunately, the Academy Health motto "better evidence, better decisions, better health" is not yet followed consistently enough. That is why we want to discuss the following question at the congress: How can our research results contribute to better health policy decisions and improvements in health care design, so that ultimately patients, health care providers and society as a whole benefit? The following tracks are envisaged.
The first track is about the description and analysis of the current health care system: Who provides health care to whom, when and with what? How and why is health care provided? This involves research on who is being cared for and who provides care, the types of services provided, their regional and equitable distribution, and their degree of goal attainment. Keywords are equity of need and distribution, safety, effectiveness and patient-centeredness of health care.
The second track is dedicated to the evaluation of health care outcomes. This track focuses on the quality of results (outcomes) and the findings of formative evaluations: does the current health care achieve recovery, quality of life, or maintenance of health or risk reduction? Which factors were particularly significant for goal achievement? In addition to the outcomes identified by health care providers, this also includes the outcomes and experiences (PRO and PRE) reported by patients.
The third track focuses on the implementation of positively evaluated care innovations into routine care. Here, implementation concepts and factors that promote and hinder the transfer of research results into routine care will be addressed. Finally, this transfer must be evaluated again: The question is whether health care redesigned on the basis of HSR findings - in the sense of policy impact analysis – contributes positively to the health and quality of life of citizens.
However, a scientific congress would be nothing without a fourth track, which is to focus on the advancement of methods and theories of health services research. The focus is on research that deals explicitly with new or further developed methodological approaches and put them up for discussion.
As always, the congress is aimed at all those interested in health services research, especially young scientists. The goal of continuously evaluating the reality of health care and optimizing it as a result should be the main concern. I am pleased to invite you as president of the 22nd Health Services Research congress.
Your Prof. Dr. med. Max Geraedts, M. San.