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Sigrid LupieriSigrid Lupieri
Lupieri is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and will stay in Bremen for three months, collaborating with the SOCIUM and the CRC 1342 "Global Dynamics of Social Policy".

Thanks to the generous support of an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grant, we are delighted to be hosting Sigrid Lupieri at the CRC and SOCIUM as a guest researcher for the period of 01 September to 30 November 2018. As a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, her research analyses the factors influencing the allocation of health care resources to older Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Ms. Lupieri's previous experience includes working at UNESCO and UNDP in New Delhi and New York, as well as several years as a journalist in Armenia, Georgia, Germany and the U.S. She holds master’s degrees in journalism (Northwestern University) and modern European history (University of Cambridge), and a BA in foreign languages and literatures from the University of Udine, Italy. During her stay at our center, Ms. Lupieri will be working in close collaboration with the A04 project "Global developments in health care systems and long-term care services".


Contact:
Dr. Lorraine Frisina Doetter
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58561
E-Mail: frisina@uni-bremen.de

Cover Cannabis-ReportCover Cannabis-Report
First Study on new Cannabis Medicines and their use presented in Berlin on May 17th, 2018.

Since March 2017, the prescription of cannabis at the expense of statutory health funds has been possible, although studies on the efficacy and safety of cannabis medicines are fragmentary. The Cannabis Report was drawn up by the University of Bremen, with the support of the TK, in order to be better able to assess cannabis as a therapy option for various diseases. Preliminary representative data on prescribed cannabis shed light on actual outcomes and contribute towards an objective debate over this new medicine.

In principle, cannabis treatment is assessed as positive, although in comparison to most proven therapies it is not a good alternative. In isolated cases, however, cannabis medicine does help patients.

This is one of the outcomes of the Cannabis Report presented on 17th May 2018 in Berlin. 

Further information:
Gerd Glaeske/Kristin Sauer, Cannabis Report, 2018
Presentation at the Press Conference Cannabis Report, May 17, 2018, Berlin 


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Naegler/Wehkamp (2018) Medizin zwischen Patientenwohl und ÖkonomisierungNaegler/Wehkamp (2018) Medizin zwischen Patientenwohl und Ökonomisierung
A unique qualitative study on the tensions between economization and patient welfare, with recommendations for more transparency in hospitals.

Hospital Medical Practice - Weighing Up between Medical Reasoning and Economic Factors

Are patients and their wellbeing really the focus of interest when they are admitted to hospital, treated and discharged? Can the observable steady rise in cases and the growing complexity of diseases exclusively be attributed to medical needs? Or are these developments an expression of an "economisation" process, which increasingly commingles medical indications with economic interests? What impact do the financing concepts of the health system have on the substance, character and quality of medicine and hospital treatment?

In a qualitative study, the authors of this publication – one of them a doctor, the other an economist – interviewed hospital doctors and hospital managers throughout Germany on the extent to which medical decisions are influenced by interests other than patients'. Their findings testify to the dilemmas confronting hospital managers and doctors when compelled to generate profits so as to secure the economic livelihood of their hospitals. Patient welfare is no longer the main focus of medical and management decisions in hospitals; admissions increase, indications and treatment procedures are drawn out.

These findings not only give cause for concern for the patients. Hospitals also lose their attractiveness as a workplace, for doctors and nursing staff. The authors provide perspectives and recommendations for reversing this development. Hospitals should not be forced to let profit maximisation guide their decision-making, and the welfare of the patients should again become the exclusive criterion for medical decisions.

For further information (in German):
Medizinisch Wissenschafliche Verlagsgesellschaft


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Wehkamp
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 160 90331191
E-Mail: karl.wehkamp@uni-bremen.de

Institute for Longer, Better LifeInstitute for Longer, Better Life
This is the topic of the first "Live Better, Live Longer" Congress organised by the University of Bremen and BKK24 on 26th April, 2018, in Hanover.

There have long been calls for the promotion and improvement of prevention, which - alongside medical treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care - is the fourth pillar of our healthcare system. However, despite the Prevention Act, which came into force in July 2015, the potential benefits of prevention are still underutilized. The "Länger besser leben." Institut (Institute for Longer, Better Life) - a joint cooperation between the University of Bremen and the BKK24 health insurance fund - has organised the Congress with the aim of making a recognizable contribution to the promotion of prevention.

More Information:
Länger besser leben." Institut (Institute for Longer, Better Life)


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58559
E-Mail: gglaeske@uni-bremen.de

Professor Heinz RothgangProfessor Heinz Rothgang
Main study for the evaluation of mortality of the German Mammography Screening Program in collaboration with SOCIUM now underway.

For an early detection of breast cancer, more than 2,850,000 women aged 50-69 years participate in the German Mammography Screening Program (MSP) annually. Commissioned by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), this study investigates whether and to what extent the German MSP contributes to a reduction of breast cancer mortality. Following the successful completion of the feasibility study (July 2012 to September 2016), the first stage of the main study commenced in January 2018 with the aim of establishing a database for the evaluation of the German MSP. In the second stage of the main study, this database will be used to carry out an evaluation of breast cancer mortality.

Headed by Heinz Rothgang and Jonas Czwikla, the research team at SOCIUM contributes to the development of the aforementioned database using Statutory Health Insurance claims data from the BARMER Statutory Health Insurance fund.

The main study is carried out under the direction of the University of Muenster. Further project partners are the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS, the Cancer Registry of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Working Group of German Tumor Centers.
Funding is provided by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Sponsors of the Mammography Cooperative (KoopG). The total funding volume of the SOCIUM amounts to €350,970.

More information about main study and feasibility study.


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de

Jonas Czwikla
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58633
E-Mail: czwikla@uni-bremen.de

High-profile Area Health SciencesHigh-profile Area Health Sciences
The special issue comprises contributions to the conference of the high-profile area of Health Sciences.

In June 2017, the high-profile research area of "Health Sciences", University of Bremen, hosted the international conference "Key issues in current health research: Ageing - Health Equity". Complementing the conference, a special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Health has just been published, edited by the spokespersons of the high-profile area.

The special issue comprises contributions concerning the relation between social inequalities and health among the elderly, inequality in the utilization of long-term care, and the health status of and service provision for people in need of long-term care, as well as methods-oriented approaches, in particular reflections on participatory research including older people and the need for cross-cultural adaptions of research tools.

More information: International Journal of Environmental Research and Health


Contact:
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Mary-Somerville-Straße 3
28359 Bremen
Phone: +49 421 218-58557
E-Mail: rothgang@uni-bremen.de