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GEDA - German Health Update

Project manager: Dr. Cornelia Lange (Unit 24)

German Health Update 

The Robert Koch Institute conducts regular telephone health surveys as a part of its nationwide health monitoring. These studies complement studies and surveys such as DEGS or KiGGS .

The Robert Koch Institute's current telephone survey began in January 2014. 26,000 people aged 18 and over will be interviewed by April 2014. The survey focuses in particular on the following subjects

  • subjective health
  • prevalence of diseases
  • accidents and injuries
  • mental health
  • health consequences and disabilities
  • health-related behavior, e.g. utilization of vaccinations, diet, physical exercise
  • risk factors, e.g. alcohol consumption, smoking
  • socio-demographic characteristics such as education, occupational status, migration background.

Protection of Privacy

The Robert Koch Institute strictly observes the Federal Data Protection Act [BDSG] when collecting data. Germany's federal and regional data-protection commissioners have been informed about the surveys and declared they have no objections relating to data privacy. All data are collected and all evaluations are conducted anonymously. The survey data are not connected with either the respondent's telephone number or his/her name or address. Telephone numbers and survey data are always kept separate. All commercial use of data is excluded, and no data are passed on to insurance companies, health insurance funds, government agencies, etc. Similarly, no telephone numbers are passed on to third parties.

Date: 07.04.2014