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GBE Booklets

The Robert Koch Institute's Federal Health Reporting service publishes a series of booklets (Themenhefte) covering specific topics of health reporting.

In addition to these booklets, the RKI publishes focus reports (Schwerpunktberichte), each covering a single health or health-system topic in a detailed and comprehensive manner.

You can either download these booklets as PDF files (German version only, except number 31 and 42) or receive a printed copy by post.

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Publication 8 "Nosocomial infections"

Nosocomial infections, i. e. infections acquired in a hospital, date back to the times when patients were first treated in hospitals. With the development of modern medicine, new and invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures have been employed in order to prolong life.


Publication 7 "Chronical pain"

Pain is one of the major public health problems in Germany. Only 12 % of men and 6 % of women who participated in the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey were free of pain during the last twelve months.


Publication 6 "Foodborne Diseases"

Within the last 25 years, the public awareness increasingly recognises foodborne diseases as a relevant public health problem. An increase of food-related infections has been reported, which on the one hand may be attributed to improved diagnostic and surveillance methodologies and on the other hand may be due to ongoing changes of microorganisms, food production methods, and food consumption behaviour. Furthermore, the globalisation of the food supply, despite of existing food control measures, may contribute to the appearance of food-related illnesses.


Publication 5 "Medical malpractice"

There are no summary statistics of medical malpractice in Germany. Combined analysis of data presented by the institutions named above yields approximately 40, 000 cases of suspected medical malpractice and 12, 000 cases of admitted medical malpractice every year in Germany.


Publication 4 "Poverty of Children and adolescents"

Today, children and young people represent the age group that is most frequently threatened by poverty in Germany. Poverty during childhood means a bad start to life and often has long-term effects on an adolescent's social and health development. This is highlighted by this report on "Poverty among Children and Young People", which is based on data from the public health service, health insurance funds and various epidemiological studies and health surveys.


Publication 3 "Health risks associated with travelling abroad"

Travelling abroad especially in tropical and subtropical regions, is related to an increased health risk. Travel-associated diarrhoea occurs in about one third of these tourists, mostly as a mild and self-limiting disease. But, the range of diseases also includes potential life-threatening diseases such as malaria or typhoid fever. In the recent past, between 800 and 1, 000 imported cases of malaria have been reported for Germany per year. The majority of these cases had their origin in sub-saharan Africa.


Publication 2 "Terminal Care"

New methods of medical treatment as well as differing moral viewpoints, values and life-styles raise difficult ethical questions when it comes to the end of human life. One must distinguish between the refusal or discontinuation of curative measures, medically assisted suicide and euthanasia on demand. Whereas providing euthanasia on demand is clearly a criminal offence by German law, even if requested by the patient, other forms of euthanasia are increasingly the subject of open and controversial discussion.


Publication 1 "Immunizations"

By the early eighties it was widely believed that infectious diseases had been defeated in the developed nations. Public awareness of the danger posed by infectious diseases and the importance of vaccination was minimal and science and research moved on to other priorities. However, various factors led to the appearance of new infectious hazards and to the re-appearance of old epidemics. Attention once again focused on fighting these infections and in particular on the importance of vaccination.