Study of primary medical care of children and adolescents

Funded by: German Federal Joint Committee (G-BA)

Grant Number: 01VSF16032

Period: 2017 – 2020

Almost one in five 3-17 year-olds in Germany were assessed as having an emotional or behavioural disorder („EBD“) (KiGGS Health Survey). Child and adolescent mental health problems are highly relevent public health issues as they burden the individual, their families and their social environment.

Project Aims
The aim of the present study is to improve the standard care of children and adolescents with EBD by standardization of anamnesis and courses of treatment in primary care (BKK programme „STARKE KIDS-Gesundheitscoaching). We plan to investigate the practicability of the theoretical foundation, assessing acceptance, barriers and facilitators of the programme as well as evaluating efficacy and effectiveness of the treatment. The target groups of the project are paediatricians, patients and their parents. In addition, indicators for further optimization shall be revealed. The central hypothesis behind the project is the assumption, that the programme improves efficiency and effectiveness and, therefore, has the potential to be included in the range of standard of care services funded by the statutory health insurers.

Work packages
Coordination centre and work package 1 are located at the Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology (working team of Prof. Dr. Eva Grill). The health coaching programme will be evaluated concerning the theoretical foundation, acceptance, barriers, facilitators and outcomes. A qualitative and quantitative survey including the programme developers, the treating paediatricians and their patients and the parents of the patients will be performed.
Working package 2 will be processed by the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich. On the basis of routine data of the health insurer, a health-economic evaluation will be performed focussing on the impact of the intervention on coding behaviour, courses of treatment and use of medical services.

Contact: Siona Decke