Journal of Health Monitoring
The Journal of Health Monitoring is an online journal published by the Robert Koch Institute. The new format within the portfolio of Federal Health Reporting is aimed at a broad (specialist) audience and focuses on important public health issues.
The journal offers scientific information on the health of the population in Germany. The analyses are mainly based on data of the health surveys conducted by the Robert Koch Institute. These analyses are presented in the form of focus articles and fact sheets which are linked by a common theme.
The Journal of Health Monitoring is published quarterly in German and English. All contributions to the journal are subject to peer review and can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Robert Koch Institute.
Journal of Health Monitoring 2017/1
Health situation of the population in Germany
Issue 1/2017 focuses on the health situation of the population in Germany.
The first Focus article in this issue covers European health monitoring and its associated system of indicators. The article compares German and European Union data on a number of chronic diseases. Five Fact sheets go on to describe in more detail the data for Germany on the 12-month prevalence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, allergies, coronary heart disease and stroke.
The second Focus article details the health and care services provided to asylum seekers and refugees in Germany. It also demonstrates gaps in the data and areas that require more information, as well as the initiatives that have been established to improve the situation. The section entitled Concepts & Methods describes diabetes surveillance in Germany, which is currently being developed at the Robert Koch Institute. A further article in this section explains the methodology employed in the German Health Update (GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS). The GEDA survey was the source of the data used in the Fact sheets published in this issue.
Journal of Health Monitoring 2017/S1
SPECIAL ISSUE 1
Good Practice in Health Reporting – guidelines and recommendations
The first special issue of the Journal of Health Monitoring introduces version 1.0 of Good Practice in Health Reporting.
The document sets out guidelines and recommendations that are intended to provide professional guidance for the creation of health reports. Good Practice in Health Reporting was developed with the aim of strengthening the field at the local, federal-state and national level.
These guidelines and recommendations were put together by an interdisciplinary working group consisting of representatives from the various levels of health reporting and relevant professional bodies in Germany.
Good Practice in Health Reporting was approved by the boards of the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention and the German Society for Epidemiology, as well as by the extended board of the Federal Association of Physicians of German Public Health Departments.
Version 1.0 of Good Practice in Health Reporting is to be strengthened and developed further as part of a comprehensive review.
Journal of Health Monitoring 2016/2
Nutrition in Germany
The first focus article concentrates on the prevalence of vegetarian diet in Germany. A plant-based diet is associated with health and environmental benefits. In Germany, a good 4 % of the population follows a predominantly vegetarian diet. Data collected in the health studies conducted by the Robert Koch Institute enable detailed assessment of the dietary habits of the population. The journal’s second focus article provides information on breastfeeding and addresses data requirements for a continuous breastfeeding monitoring in Germany. Also in this issue: four fact sheets examine the vitamin D status, sodium intake, folate status and cooking frequency of the adult population in Germany.
Journal of Health Monitoring 2016/1
Alcohol consumption of adults in Germany
The first article - the Focus - addresses harmful alcohol consumption, which is one of the five essential risk factors for disease and impairments. It is considered to be a contributory cause for more than 200 diseases. Data from health surveys carried out by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) allow an evaluation of trends in hazardous alcohol consumption.
Three fact sheets complement the Focus and discuss alcohol intoxication, accidents involving alcohol and mortality due to alcohol.