Not only more effective drugs, medical technology or new surgical procedures help the society to stay healthy. Knowledge and understanding of how and where people are treated, defining areas of special need and using limited resources in the most effective way can also help to improve the health care system. The special research interests of the Chair of Health Economics are regional health services research, the development of quality measures for management of health care, and economical evaluation of health and health technologies in the context of a cost-effective distribution of resources.

Projects in the area of regional health services research aim to analyse regional variation and regional inequalities in health and health care.

The main focus in the research field of quality management is the analysis of hospital admissions that could have been prevented through preventive health care services or early interventions in the ambulatory sector (“ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations”). Both access to and quality of the ambulatory sector can be measured via ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations.

Furthermore, the chair works on projects in the area of economic evaluation of health and health technology which includes the economic evaluation of innovative health technologies and public health interventions as well as the analysis of trends in inequalities in health and health care.

For projects dealing with social data, the chair has set up a trust center.

Read more about a selection of our current research projects here.