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Good medical and rehabilitative care of chronically ill persons requires an orientation to the needs of the sufferers as well as their active involvement. The needs can – with the same disease – differ greatly depending, for example, on age, gender, life circumstances and other individual factors. Therefore, the Federal Ministries of Education and Research (BMBF), of Health (BMG) and of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the German Pension Insurance, Associations of Statutory Health Insurers on the Federal level and the Association of Private Health Insurance Companies have together taken the initiative to set up a funding priority for health care-related research with a focus on “Chronic diseases and patient orientation”.


Three thematic fields of patient orientation are central to the funding: targeted patient information, efficient training programs for chronically ill persons, and the shared decision making. To this aim, concepts are developed and evaluated in terms of their effectiveness. Of particular interest are the effects of the examined interventions on the course of illness as well as on the participation in life in society and in working life. “


An efficient and high-quality care system requires the quick transfer of scientific findings and innovations. In particular, cross-sector concepts lead here to the expectation of a high potential for optimisation and innovation”, states the Federal research minister Dr. Annette Schavan. The funding measure presented here meets this demand for a quick transfer to a particular degree through the merging of science and the implementation level.


Research projects with a high practical relevance for rehabilitation or for care through the health insurance companies are of particular interest. These practice-oriented endeavours are supplemented with projects which tackle the fundamental methodological and theoretical foundations of care-oriented research.


Within the thematic fields mentioned above, the projects can be categorised into four groups:


•    Patient information
•    Patient training
•    Aftercare
•    Shared decision making


The funding priority therefore provides, in a targeted manner, funds for medical, rehabilitative and cross-sector research questions regarding patient orientation within chronic diseases. The high number of submitted project outlines both in the first and the second funding period underlines the extremely great interest in these themes and the huge potential for innovation. In total, 77 projects have been or are currently being funded, for which a total of 21 million Euros is available between 2008 and 2014.