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Clinical Research Funding of the University of Oldenburg

Current Status:

The project started in September 2015.

Early detection and health care of prostate cancer patients

Early detection and health care of prostate cancer patients – a transnational comparison of political impact assessment and empirical evaluation of the regional heterogeneity in medical care


The Division of Epidemiology and Biometry cooperates with the University Hospital for Urology on a project concerning the care and epidemiology of prostate cancer. This project deals with different topics regarding prostate cancer such as a bi-national small-scale comparison between the Netherlands and Germany and early detection based on the PSA-test.

Country-specific recommendations on PSA-screening are likely to have an impact on different trends such as increasing prostate cancer incidence. This may also be the case for Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, within-country variability of PSA-testing exists, which is rather driven by individual practice patterns of general practicioners than by national guidelines.

This work is conceived as a multi-stage pre-study for an international project and can be divided in three parts: i) assessment of political impact on regional prostate cancer distribution in Lower Saxony and the province of Groningen; ii) pilot survey to evaluate the health care situation of prostate cancer patients; iii) analysis of regional health care network for prostate cancer patients.


  • Kappen S, Jürgens V, Freitag MH, Winter A. Early detection of prostate cancer using prostate-specific antigen testing: an empirical evaluation among general practitioners and urologists. Cancer Management & Research; March 2019 (accepted).

Selected Conference Papers:

  • Kappen S, Jürgens V. Leitlinien und Empfehlungen zur Prostatakrebsfrüherkennung mittels
    PSA-Testung – Deutschland und die Niederlande im Vergleich. GMDS, Osnabrück; September 2-5, 2018.
(Changed: 2020-01-23)