Health care research

Pflegerische Versorgungsforschung


Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann
Tel.: +49 421 218-68960

Christiane Degering
Tel.: +49 421 218-68901

Administration & International Affairs:
Katrin Dorow
Tel.: +49 421 218-68961

Grazer Straße 4
28359 Bremen

Welcome to the site of Department für Health Care Research. The Department was founded in April 2014 and has extended its projects and number of team members since then. Successfully, research projects with third party funding have been conducted. Please inform in the following about our focus points in research and our main responsibilities. Do not hesitate to contact us for further inquiries.

Our research focal points

The research of Department 7 is aiming at the investigation of structures, processes and results in health care. Head of the department is Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann. The focus of our investigations is particularly put on the needs of elderly people due to the demographic development in Germany. Innovative health care concepts are developed and assessed in close collaboration with health care facilities. Their effects are evaluated in existing health care structures and settings. The research involves the description of existing health care situations as well as the corresponding knowledge transfer into practice. In general our interests are open to all fields that are related to (Public) Health, Nursing and the Life- and Social Sciences and that are not solely connected to medicine. We highly support to work with other research institutions and appreciate to explore collaboration opportunities in the fields mentioned above.

  • Quality assurance and Quality development
    Research of living quality, social situation and societal inclusion of people who need health care. Further, developing and evaluating instruments and indicators to assess the quality of supply in various settings.

  • Ongoing Development of alternative supply structures
    Research of alternative and interdisciplinary supply settings to continually develop and evaluate alternative forms of living for (older) people with needs for care and support.

  • New technologies in Health Care
    Research of needs, possible applications and implementation of modern and innovative technologies to support people with need for Health Care, caring relatives and professional nurses.

  • Evidence-based research
    Research for continuous development and professionalization in Health Care with the aim to use scientific basics for developing new concepts and instruments as well as for transfer of research results to Health Care and supply institutions.

  • Analysis of network structures
    Analyses of formal and informal supply networks with the focus on providing chronically sick people of various ages and in different life and supply situations with Health Care.



Karin Wolf-Ostermann
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HEARAZ – how Hearing aids are to become health assistants DFG funds research training group at the Universities of Oldenburg and Bremen

Prof. Karin Wolf-Ostermann from Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research at the University of Bremen is included.

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Awarding International Gerontology Prize of Turkey of the Year 2023 to Prof Karin Wolf-Ostermann

Prof. Karin Wolf-Ostermann from the IPP at the University of Bremen was awarded the International Science Prize for her contribution to social and applied gerontology at the opening ceremony of the XI International Symposium on Gerontology at Akdeniz

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Digital population-based health in Germany: An edition of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt highlights future potential

The latest issue of the Bundesgesundheitsblatt "Digital population-based health in Germany - examples from research at the Leibniz Science Campus Digital Public Health" focuses on the digital transformation in healthcare and combines exemplary papers on the potential of digital technologies.

Karin Wolf-Ostermann
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Can AI relieve the burden on care?

Prof Wolf-Ostermann from the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) at the University of Bremen in the dossier " Digital turnaround - Digitalwende" in “Süddeutsche Zeitung”

Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann, Janissa Altona
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Symposium ‘Dementia-friendly Environment in the Community – An International Perspective on Concepts and Interventions

Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann and Janissa Altona from IPP at the University of Bremen presented findings from their research projects on dementia-friendly neighbourhoods at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Association of America.

Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann
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Interdisciplinary exchange enriches: First network meeting on AI in care in Berlin

First network meeting on AI in care: areas of application, challenges and future prospects discussed by 80 people from science, practice, manufacturers and administration in Berlin.

Karin Wolf-Ostermann und Janissa Altona
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Prof Dr Karin Wolf-Ostermann and Janissa Altona at the 33. Alzheimer Europe Conference in Helsinki, Finland

Prof Dr Karin Wolf-Ostermann and Janissa Altona from IPP at University of Bremen support the Alzheimer Europe Conference with their scientific presentations.

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"We want to present the methods in a way that is as action-oriented as possible and illustrated by practical examples. - Interview with Christian Spatscheck and Karin Wolf-Ostermann, authors of "social space analyses".

Expert of the Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) and Head of the Department of Nursing Care Research - Interview of Budrich publishing house on the occasion of the newly published 2nd edition on social space analyses

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Prof. Dr Karin Wolf-Ostermann from IPP Bremen in an interview with MEDICA on the topic: How do you bring health professionals and algorithms together?

Expert of the Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP) and Head of Nursing Care Research on the use of AI in nursing - Interview with Joachim Ott, MEDICA

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Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann (@IPP_UniBremen) as guest at the Integrated Health Campus Bremen (IGB)

Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann gave an informative interview for the third episode of the IGB podcast on the topics of academization of the nursing professions, community health nurses, and how society can benefit from academized nurses

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Re-elected to the Board of the Ethics Committee of the German Nursing Association (DGP)

Prof. Dr. Karin Wolf-Ostermann re-elected to the Board of the Ethics Committee of the German Nursing Association (DGP)

Viktoria Hoel
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INDUCT-Best Practice Guidance Human interaction with technology in dementia updated with first DISTINCT recommendations

Professor of IPP, Karin Wolf-Ostermann, has successfully contributed to the second update

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Viktoria Hoel - Wissenschaftlerin aus Norwegen


Overview - projects of the department Health Care Research.