Welcome to the page of the Division of Health Economics!
The division, newly founded in December 2022, conducts research on economic aspects of health care. The aim is to generate scientific evidence in order to achieve a successful translation of findings into everyday health care and to offer evidence-based solutions to policy makers.
To that end, the division provides health economics expertise for innovative interdisciplinary research projects, especially with partners at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Oldenburg hospitals, as well as researchers at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
For teaching purposes, the division presents both the content and methodology of health economics research in the faculty’s study programs.
Sophie Ellermann (M.Sc.) has taken up her position within the Division of Health Economics as scientific coordinator for the CHARE-GD Projects within the Cross-Border Institute of Healthcare Systems and Prevention (CBI). She will complete her binational PhD in November 2023 in the Oldenburg-Groningen Joint Graduate Research Training Group "Translational Research: From Pathological Mechanisms to Therapy" at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and the University of Groningen. She is interested in cross-border health research and science management. We are very much looking forward to the collaboration!
The committee "Allocation and Distribution" will hold its XIV. workshop at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg on the 17th and 18th of November 2023. The workshop is organised by the Department of Health Economics. Further information can be found here.
At the Division of Health Economics there are two vacancies for
Two positions as Research Associate (f/m/d) (pay group 13 TV-L, 75% of regular working hours)
for an initial period of three years. The opportunity for further academic qualification (doctorate) is included for both positions. For the two advertised positions, good knowledge in the field of health economic evaluation or relevant quantitative methods for the analysis of population-based studies is expected. Further information can be found in the job offer.
Since 2007, the age-standardised new cancer incidence rate for many cancer types has been decreasing in Germany (with an important exception being lung cancer in women). This paper examines differences in these trends according to socioeconomic deprivation for cancer overall and for colorectal, lung, prostate and breast cancer using data from German cancer registries (period 2007-2018). The results indicate trend differences between deprivation groups in Germany, causing an increase in inequality for cancer overall as well as for colorectal and lung cancer.
The article was published as an open access contribution and freely available to read. The results of the study were extensively covered by cross-regional media. A link to the press release of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) can be found here. Furthermore, an interview concerning the publication was conducted with health economist Prof. Dr. Lars Schwettmann and published here.
Modern technology supports blood sugar control for many people with type 1 diabetes (T1D), improving their quality of life. However, there are inequalities in access to this technology in many countries. For Germany, inequalities in use have only been observed among children with T1D, while no studies were previously available for adults. Our data now shows that advanced age, male gender and a migratory background are associated with lower use of diabetes technology by adults with T1D in Germany. There is an urgent need to improve access to diabetes technology in insufficiently serviced groups to reduce health inequalities.
The article was published as an open access contribution and is freely available to read.
Hakon Dorn has taken up his position as a student assistant in the Health Economics Division He is studying English and Biology at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and supports the division in various activities such as literature research, homepage design and data preparation for publications. We are looking forward to working together!
Christian Hans, M.Sc. has started his position as research assistant in the Division of Health Economics. He studied International Economics and Public Policy at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and is doing his doctorate in Health Economics. His research deals with the the distribution of financial resources in the health care system and focuses primarily on the morbidity-oriented risk structure compensation (Morbi-RSA). We are looking forward to working with him!
Hypertension is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide. Early detection and treatment of this condition is crucial in preventing further complications.
In this paper investigated the long-term effects of blood pressure screening and sharing results with participants via written reports in a population-based study. We found no evidence that providing aforementioned information to people with high blood pressure led to long-term improvements in health or health-related behaviours. In the future, similar studies should be conducted at a larger scale that measure short-, medium- and long-term changes in both health and behaviour to examine the effects of basic information sharing via reports.
The article was published as an open access article and is freely available to read. PLOS Medicine is a high-impact journals with an impact factor of currently 11.069.
Dr. Lars Schwettmann has been appointed Professor of Health Economics at Faculty VI Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Oldenburg. Previously, the economist conducted research at the Environmental Health Department of the Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Centre for Environmental Health (HMGU) and taught at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg as private lecturer.
Further information can be found in the press release at https://www.presse.uni-oldenburg.de/mit/2022/242.html.