Fields of Innovation & Interdisciplinary Themes

We use our expertise to help you generate, enhance, conceive, model, network, implement, transfer and evaluate the knowledge of nursing in your field of practice.

Innovation in the Field of Digital Health

Our research deals with the design of a cooperation between humans and machines that is characterised by added value and trust. Our research projects promote digitalisation and technologisation that generates a perceptible benefit and is characterised by a consistent orientation towards the needs and everyday lives of the users. Our research enables nursing professionals to formulate their demands and needs with regard to digitalisation and technologisation, and thus to play an active role in shaping them. We promote a nursing profession that is forward-looking, innovative in its thinking, agile in its actions and interdisciplinary in the field of digitalisation and technology.

Projects in technology and health


Innovation in the Field of Health Care and Human Resources Development

Optimal care, nursing and treatment require a future-oriented and demand-oriented development of health care. To achieve this goal, we are making a sustainable contribution with research projects in the following areas:

  • recruitment and retention of health personnel
  • mix of skills and grades (academic achievement)
  • development of innovative role models and competencies in health care
  • technology and employee health

Projects in health care – human resources competencies and development


Innovation in the Field of Mental Health and Psychiatric Care

Psychiatric care has been the focus of the division of nursing for many years, both in research and in continuing education and degree programmes. Research activities are bundled with the aim of creating new professional and methodological contributions across the various care sectors (outpatient and inpatient care, psychiatric rehabilitation) and other forms of support (e.g. peer support).

Projects in psychiatric care and psycho-social support


Innovation in the Field of Psychosocial Health

The IF Psychosocial Health focuses its research activities on psychosocial health and health promotion of service users in the health system and in their living environment. The IF consistently focuses on the service user and his or her social environment. Our research focus lies on three thematic areas:

  • diversity and equal opportunities
  • social change and new models of health care provision
  • health promotion and health literacy

Projects in psychosocial health


Innovation in the Field of Quality in the Health Sector

Being among the best in the health care system means constantly reviewing and optimising one's own quality. The innovation field of quality and quality development lends itself to this by developing and expanding expertise in the areas of measuring, comparing and developing quality across the entire spectrum of health care with the involvement of nursing. The focus is on the selection of suitable indicators, measurement methods and analysis-related questions aiming at (further) theory development. Furthermore, the transfer of results in a way that is appropriate for the target group, including innovative and digital solutions, will be promoted in order to foster data use competences (informed decision) and to derive quality and practice development projects.

Projects in quality and quality development


Cross-Sectional Theme: Service User Involvement

We have set ourselves the goal of anchoring the involvement of patients and their relatives (service users) in the regular routine of teaching and research. To this end, the PIONEERS I project gathered initial experience in the implementation of service user involvement in research projects and in the teaching of courses and clarified the structural and organisational framework conditions with all those involved.

With PIONEERS II, service user involvement was systematically developed and expanded professionally and inter-professionally in teaching and research at the Department of Health. In the process, service users were given a voice to participate as employees, either as co-lecturers in teaching or in research, as well as in an advisory capacity in higher-level committees with different competence requirements.

Experiences in the implementation and cooperation with service users are evaluated on an ongoing basis. Together with the results from PIONEERS I and II, they form the basis for guidelines including a tier model and detailed job profiles for collaboration in teaching, research, and continuing education at the Department of Health. 

At the Department of Health, there is an interprofessional support group for service user involvement, which is made up of staff from our four specialist areas (nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, nutrition & dietetics) as well as from research, teaching and further education. In addition, close cooperation is maintained with the Competence Centre Participatory Health Care.