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Public Health Impact Analyses in collaboration with public health actors

The project Public Health Impact Analyses - PHIA - aims to identify factors for maintaining health-related quality of life and to identify effective public health interventions. It also analyzes impacts of emergent public health risks on population health. To achieve these goals, the project relies on methods of evidence synthesis and intervention evaluation to conduct subprojects together with collaborating partners. Examples of subprojects funded to date include an analysis of the global literature on symptoms of long-COVID, a systematic review of prioritization criteria for conducting public health evaluations, and testing new approaches for RKI health surveys.

Evidence syntheses summarize and analyze the scientific literature on urgent questions using rapid systematic review methods. In contrast to conventional reviews, which are often conducted over more than 12 months, rapid reviews are designed to deliver results within several weeks to a few months. In order to work at a fast pace while maintaining scientifically rigorous standards, we follow guidelines from the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group and the Competence Network Public Health on COVID-19 in the preparation of evidence syntheses.

For evaluations of public health interventions, quantitative and qualitative data play an essential role. The collection and analysis of health data on communicable and non-communicable diseases is already a core competence of the RKI. In the context of public health impact analyses, new collection methods and instruments are tested and modern evaluation concepts for routine and registry data are applied.

Staff members

  • Dr. Benjamin Barnes
  • Roxana Müller-Eberstein

Date: 19.12.2022