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Fr. PD Eva Annette Rehfuess, BA MA(Oxon) PhD

Marchioninistr. 15, 81377 München
Telefon: +49 (0)89 / 440077494
E-Mail: E-Mail rehfuess@ibe.med.uni-muenchen.de

Zimmer: K U1 818

1995 – 1998 Biologiestudium an der Universität Oxford

1999 – 2000 Robert Bosch Stiftungskolleg für internationale Aufgaben mit Stagen bei der Weltgesundheitsorganisation in Genf und an den Ministerien für Umwelt und Bildung in Tel Aviv und Jerusalem

2000 – 2001 Weiterentwicklung des globalen UV Indexes und von Konzepten zur Hautkrebsprävention bei Kindern, INTERSUN-Programm, Abteilung für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Weltgesundheitsorganisation in Genf

2001 – 2007 Konzeptionierung und Umsetzung der Globalen Initiative zu Indikatoren für Kind, Umwelt und Gesundheit, Abteilung für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Weltgesundheitsorganisation in Genf

2002 – 2009 Aufbau, Leitung und Umsetzung eines Programms zu Indoor Air Pollution – Luftverschmutzung in Entwicklungsländern, Abteilung für Umwelt und Gesundheit, Weltgesundheitsorganisation in Genf

2003 – 2008 Ph.D. in Epidemiologie und Public Health zu „Solid fuel use and child health in Africa: a causal analysis" am Institut für Epidemiologie und Public Health, Imperial College London

2011 - 2014  Habilitation in Epidemiologie und Public Health zu „Application of the Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Public Health to the Household Air Pollution Challenge“ an der Medizinischen Fakultät der LMU

seit 2009 Senior Scientist am Institut für Medizinische Informationsverarbeitung, Biometrie und Epidemiologie der LMU

seit 2015 Adjunct Professor an der Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/about-us/outside-affiliates/eva-rehfuess/



  • Methoden für Evidence-Based Public Health
  • Systematische Reviews komplexer Interventionen
  • Evaluation komplexer Interventionen
  • Household air pollution – Luftverschmutzung in Entwicklungsländern
  • Kindergesundheit in Entwicklungsländern
  • Wirksamkeit und Umsetzung des UV Index

Ausgewählte aktuelle Projekte

Andere relevante Tätigkeiten

  • Koordinatorin von Cochrane Public Health Europe, http://ph.cochrane.org/cochrane-public-health-europe
  • Editor bei Cochrane Public Health
  • Sprecherin des Fachbereichs Public Health des Deutschen Netzwerks Evidenzbasierte Medizin
  • Mitglied der GRADE Working Group
  • Mitglied der Health Working Group der Global Alliance on Clean Cookstoves
  • Mitglied der Household Air Pollution Working Group des Global Burden of Disease Projects 2010
  • Associate Editor der Fachzeitschrift Energy for Sustainable Development
  • Editorial Adviser der Fachzeitschrift Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2009)
  • Modulorganisation und Lehre zu Global Public Health im Rahmen der Masterstudiengänge Public Health und Epidemiologie, LMU
  • Lehre zu klinischer Diagnose (L5) und Regressionsverfahren (L6) im medizinischen Curriculum München (MeCuM), LMU
  • Organisation und Lehre im Rahmen der European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health (www.evidencebasedpublichealth.co.uk) www.evidencebasedpublichealth.de

  • Rehfuess EA, Durao S, Kyamanywa P, Meerpohl JJ, Young T, Rohwer A on behalf of the CEBHA+ consortium. Setting evidence-based and stakeholder-informed research priorities in resource-limited settings: the CEBHA+ approach. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, in press.
  • Morgan RL, Thayer KA, Bero L, Bruce N, Falck-Ytter Y, Ghersi D, Guyatt G, Hooijmans C, Langendam M, Mandrioli D, Mustafa R, Rehfuess EA, Rooney AA, Shea B, Silbergeld EK, Sutton P, Wolfe MS, Woodruff TJ, Verbeek JH, Holloway AC, Santesso N, Schünemann HJ. GRADE: Assessing the quality of evidence in environmental and occupational health. Environment International, in press.
  • Puzzolo E, Pope D, Stanistreet D, Rehfuess EA, Bruce NG (2016). Clean cooking fuels for poor homes: a systematic review of barriers and enablers to adoption and sustained use. Environmental Research 146(2016)218–234.
  • Rozanski V, Rehfuess EA, Bötzel K, Nowak D (2015). Music with a twitch: a systematic review of extensive music-practice as a risk factor for focal dystonia among professional musicians. Deutsches Ärzteblatt 112(51-52): 871-877.

  • Nehring I, Kostka T, von Kries R, Rehfuess EA (2015). Impacts of in utero and early infant taste experiences on later taste acceptance: a systematic review. The Journal of Nutrition 145(6):1271-9.

  • Gerhardus A, Rehfuess EA, Zeeb H (2015). Evidenzbasierte Verhältnisprävention und Gesundheitsförderung: welche Studiendesigns brauchen wir? Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen 109:40-45.

  • Pfadenhauer LM, Mozygemba K, Gerhardus A, Hoffmann B, Booth A, Bakke Lysdahl K, Tummers M, Burns J, Rehfuess EA. Implementation and context: A concept analysis towards conceptual maturity. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen 109(2):103-14.

  • Pfadenhauer LM, Rehfuess EA (2015). Towards effective and socio-culturally appropriate sanitation and hygiene interventions in the Philippines: a mixed-method approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12(2):1902-27.

  • Bruce N, Pope D, Rehfuess EA, Balakrishnan K, Adair-Rohani H, Dora C (2015). WHO Indoor air quality guidelines on household fuel combustion: Strategy implications of new evidence on interventions and exposure-risk functions. Atmospheric Environment 106:451-457.

  • Buchner H, Rehfuess EA (2015). Cooking and season as risk factors for acute lower respiratory infections in African children: a cross-sectional multi-country analysis. PLOS One 10(6):e0128933.

  • Polus S, Lerberg PM, Glenton C, Lewin S, Rehfuess EA, Gulmezoglu M (2015). Optimizing the delivery of long-term contraceptives through task shifting: systematic review of effectiveness and safety. Reproductive Health 12:27.

  • Shah R, Rehfuess EA, Maskey MK, Fischer R, Bhandari PB, Delius M (2015). Factors affecting institutional delivery in Chitwan district of Nepal: a community-based cross-sectional study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15:27.

  • Forland F, Rehfuess EA, Klatser P, Kyamanywa P, Mayanja-Kizza H (2014). Why Evidence Based Approaches are urgently needed in Africa. Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen 108:606-608.

  • Neupane M, Basnyat B, Fischer R, Froeschl G, Wolbers M, Rehfuess EA (2014). Sustained use of biogas fuel and blood pressure among women in rural Nepal. Environmental Research 136(2015)343–351.

  • Stanistreet D, Puzzolo E, Bruce NG, Pope D, Rehfuess EA. (2014) Factors influencing household uptake of improved solid fuel stoves in low- and middle-income countries: a qualitative systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 11:8228-8250.

  • Harder T, Takla A, Rehfuess EA, Sánchez-Vivar A, Matysiak-Klose D, Eckmanns T, Krause G, de Carvalho Gomes H, Jansen A, Ellis E, Forland F, Garner P, James R, Meerpohl J, Morgan A, Schünemann H, Zuiderent-Jerak T, Wichmann O. (2014) Towards comprehensive evidence-based decision-making in infectious diseases epidemiology, prevention and control: matching research questions to study designs and quality appraisal tools. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 14(1):69.

  • Smith KR, Bruce N, Balakrishnan K, Adair-Rohani H, Balmes J, Chafe Z, Dherani M, Hosgood HD, Mehta S, Pope D, Rehfuess EA and others in the HAP CRA Risk Expert Group. (2014) Millions dead: how do we know and what does it mean?  Methods used in the Comparative Risk Assessment of Household Air Pollution. Annual Review of Public Health, 35:185-206.
  • Rehfuess EA, Puzzolo E, Stanistreet D, Pope D, Bruce NG (2014). Enablers and barriers to large-scale uptake of improved solid fuel stoves: a systematic review. Environmental Health Perspectives, 122(2):120-30.
  • Rehfuess EA, Bartram J (2014). Beyond direct impact: evidence synthesis towards a better understanding of effectiveness of environmental health interventions. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 217:155-159.
  • Paudel D, Shresta IB, Siebeck M, Rehfuess EA (2013). Neonatal health in Nepal: analysis of absolute and relative inequalities and impact of current efforts to reduce neonatal mortality. BMC Public Health 13(1):1239.
  • Rehfuess EA, Best N, Briggs DJ, Joffe M (2013). Diagram-based Analysis of Causal Systems (DACS): elucidating the inter-relationships between determinants of acute lower respiratory infections among children in sub-Saharan Africa. Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 10(1):13.
  • Fenske N, Burns J, Hothorn T, Rehfuess EA (2013). Understanding child stunting in India: A comprehensive analysis of socio-economic, nutritional and environmental determinants using additive quantile regression. PLoS ONE 8(11):e78692.
  • Noyes J, Gough D, Lewin S, Mayhew A, Michie S, Pantoja T, Petticrew M, Pottie K, Rehfuess EA, Shemilt I, Shepperd S, Sowden A, Tugwell P, Welch V (2013). Systematic reviews that ask complex questions about complex interventions: a research and development agenda. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 66(11):1262-70.
  • Anderson LM, Oliver SR, Michie S, Rehfuess EA, Noyes J, Shemilt I (2013). Using a spectrum of methods in systematic reviews of complex interventions. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 66(11):1223-9.
  • Burford B, Lewin S, Welch V, Rehfuess EA, Waters E (2013). Assessing applicability in systematic reviews of complex interventions. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 66(11):1251-61.
  • Petticrew M, Rehfuess EA, Noyes J, Higgins J, Mayhew A, Pantoja T, Shemilt I, Sowden A (2013). Synthesising evidence on complex interventions: the contribution of meta-analytic, qualitative and mixed-method approaches. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 66(11):1230-43.
  • Bonjour S, Adair-Rohani H, Wolf J, Bruce NB, Mehta S, Prüss-Ustün A, Rehfuess EA, Smith KR. Solid fuel use for household cooking: country and regional estimates for 1980-2010. Environmental Health Perspectives 121(7):784-90.

  • Turley R, Saith R, Bhan N, Rehfuess EA, Carter B. (2013) Slum upgrading strategies involving physical environment and infrastructure interventions and their effects on health and socio-economic outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 1:CD010067.
  • Rehfuess EA, Akl EA. (2013) Current experience with applying the GRADE approach to public health interventions: an empirical study. BMC Public Health 13:9.
  • Voss P, Rehfuess EA (2013). Quality appraisal in systematic reviews of public health interventions: an empirical study on the impact of choice of tool on meta-analysis. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 67:98–104.
  • Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD, Danaei G, Shibuya K, Adair-Rohani H, Amann M, Anderson HR, Andrews KG, Aryee M, Atkinson C, Bacchus LJ, Bahalim AN, Balakrishnan K, Balmes J, Barker-Collo S, Baxter A, Bell ML, Blore JD, Blyth F, Bonner C, Borges G, Bourne R, Boussinesq M, Brauer M, Brooks P, Bruce NG, Brunekreef B, Bryan-Hancock C, Chiara Bucello, Buchbinder R, Bull F, Burnett RT, Byers TE, Calabria B, Carapetis J, Carnahan E, Chafe Z, Charlson F, Chen H, Chen JS, Cheng AT, Child*´JC, Cohen A, Colson KE, Cowie*´BC, Darby S, Darling S, Davis A, Degenhardt L, Dentener F, Des Jarlais DC, Devries K, Dherani M, Ding EL, Dorsey ER, Driscoll T, Edmond K, Ali SE, Engell RE, Erwin PJ, Fahimi S, Falder G, Farzadfar F, Ferrari A, Finucane MM, Flaxman S, Fowkes FGR, Freedman G, Freeman MK, Gakidou E, Ghosh S, Giovannucci E, Gmel G, Graham K, Grainger R, Grant B, Gunnell D, Gutierrez HR, Hall W, Hoek HW, Hogan A, Hosgood HD III, Hoy D, Hu H, Hubbell BJ, Hutchings SJ, Ibeanusi SE, Jacklyn GL, Jasrasaria R, Jonas JB, Kan H, Kanis JA, Kassebaum N, Kawakami N, Khang Y-H, Khatibzadeh S, Khoo J-P, Kok C, Laden F, Lalloo R, Lan Q, Lathlean T, Leasher JL, Leigh J, Li Y, Lin JK, Lipshultz SE, London S, Lozano R, Lu Y, Mak J, Malekzadeh R, Mallinger L, Marcenes W, March L, Marks R, Martin R, McGale P, McGrath J, Mehta S, Mensah GA, Merriman TR, Micha R, Michaud C, Mishra V, Hanafi KM, Mokdad AA, Morawska L, Mozaff Arian D, Murphy T, Naghavi M, Neal B, Nelson PK, Nolla JM, Norman R, Olives C, Omer SM, Orchard J, Osborne R, Ostro B, Page A, Pandey KD, Parry CDH, Passmore E, Patra J, Pearce N, Pelizzari PM, Petzold M, Phillips MR, Pope D, Arden Pope C III, Powles J, Rao M, Razavi H, Rehfuess EA, Rehm JT, Ritz B, Rivara FP, Roberts T, Robinson C, Rodriguez-Portales JA, Romieu I, Room R, Rosenfeld LC, Roy A, Rushton L, Salomon JA, Sampson U, Sanchez-Riera L, Sanman E, Sapkota A, Seedat S, Shi P, Shield K, Shivakoti R, Singh GM, Sleet DA, Smith E, Smith KR, Stapelberg NJC, Steenland K, Stöckl H, Stovner LJ, Straif K, Straney L, Thurston GD, Tran JH, van Dingenen R, van Donkelaar A, Veerman JL, Vijayakumar L, Weintraub R, Weissman MM, White RA, Whiteford H, Wiersma ST, Wilkinson JD, Williams HC, Williams W, Wilson N, Woolf AD, Yip P, Zielinski JM, Lopez AD, Murray CJL, Ezzati M (2012). A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990–2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 380:2224–60
  • Burford BJ, Rehfuess EA, Schünemann HJ, Akl EA, Waters E, Armstrong R, Thomson H, Doyle J, Pettman T (2012). Assessing evidence in public health: the added value of GRADE. Journal of Public Health 24(4):631-635.
  • Italia N, Rehfuess EA (2012). Is the Global Solar UV Index an effective instrument for promoting sun protection? A systematic review. Health Education Research 27(2):200-213.
  • Malla MB, Bruce N, Bates L & Rehfuess EA (2011). Applying global cost-benefit analysis methods to indoor air pollution mitigation interventions in Nepal, Kenya and Sudan: insights and challenges. Energy Policy 39:7518-7529.
  • Anderson LM, Petticrew M, Rehfuess EA, Ueffing E, Armstrong E, Baker P, Francis D & Tugwell P (2011). Using logic models to capture complexity in systematic reviews. Research Synthesis Methods 2(1):33-42.
  • Rehfuess EA, Briggs DJ, Joffe M, Best N (2010). Bayesian modeling of household solid fuel use: insights towards designing effective interventions to promote fuel switching in Africa, Environmental Research 110(7):725-732.
  • Pope DP, Mishra V, Thompson L, Siddiqui AR, Rehfuess EA, Weber MW, Bruce NG (2010). Systematic review and meta-analyses of risk of low birth weight and stillbirth associated with indoor air pollution in developing countries. Epidemiological Reviews 32(1):70-81.
  • Rehfuess EA, Tzala L, Briggs DJ, Joffe M, Best N. (2009) Solid fuel use and cooking practices as a major risk factor for ALRI mortality among African children. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 63(11):887-892.
  • Rehfuess EA, Bruce N, Bartram J. (2009) More health for your buck: health sector functions to secure environmental health. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 87(11):805-884.
  • Hutton G, Rehfuess EA, Tediosi F. (2007) Evaluation of the costs and benefits of interventions to reduce indoor air pollution. Energy for Sustainable Development 11(4):34-43.
  • Mehta S, Gore F, Prüss-Üstün A, Rehfuess EA, Smith KR. (2006)  Modelling household solid fuel use towards reporting of the millennium development goal indicator. Energy for Sustainable Development 10(3):36-45.
  • Rehfuess EA, Mehta S, Prüss-Üstün A. (2006) Assessing household solid fuel use – multiple implications for the millennium development goals. Environmental Health Perspectives 114(3):373–378.
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