Welcome!

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the German Network for Health Services Research (DNVF), I would like to cordially invite you to the 2021 German Conference for Health Services Research, the 20th anniversary of the conference. Based on the conference theme, "Understanding the health care context - Promoting transfer into practice," we will focus on the question of how the transfer of innovations in health care provision can succeed in practice. A core message of the congress will be that healthcare provision and transfer cannot succeed without a profound understanding of the complexities of the healthcare context. Based on this core thesis, two key questions are central to the conference: 1) How can we better understand health care contexts? 2) What follows from a better understanding of innovative health care provision and the transfer of innovations into practice?

In the first track, these questions will be addressed in regard to the central components of complex care contexts - patient, profession, care team, care organization, care network, healthcare system. In the second track, we will give health care research and other transfer-oriented projects the opportunity to present their results and discuss their implementation in standard care. The third track will have a methodological focus and will promote an open exchange of the methodological challenges of research practice and methodological innovations. The fourth track will provide an opportunity to discuss current topics in health services research, such as COVID-19, demand planning and regional care, next generation training, etc.

This congress is aimed at all those interested in health services research, especially young researchers. We welcome you to present and discuss your research with an interdisciplinary audience from research, health care practice, and health policy and take the opportunity to network with national and international colleagues and experts.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Holger Pfaff

Congress President

Conference theme: Understanding the health care context - Promoting transfer into practice