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Aim of the working group is to study and improve primary care in urban areas.
Urbanization is a worldwide process and also in Germany most people live in cities - with an increasing tendency. While there are already many research findings on the influence of cities on health and disease, both worldwide and in Berlin, there is a lack of specific research on medical care in urban areas. In particular, there are only a few studies on primary care in the city.
In the working group, we are focussing on three characteristics of urban areas: the high population density, the high heterogeneity of the population, and the fragmentation of local health care and social care. We use qualitative and quantitative methods of health care research. It is important for us to involve other diciplines, as well as the patients and local stakeholders in the districts. This interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach is important to us.