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Survey: Care problems in Germany – Main topics: decubitus, care dependency and falls

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Survey: Care problems in Germany – Main topics: decubitus, care dependency and falls - Project profile

Aims and Procedure

Since 2001, when the first survey on care problems in nursing homes and hospitals was conducted, a number of new topics has been added to the original focus on decubitus, care dependency and falls within the framework of the annual survey. Examinations included incontinence, nutrition, chronic wounds, skin care as well as pain and mobility. The purpose of the annual recurring surveys in German nursing homes and hospitals is primarily to describe the extent of care problems among residents and patients.

Previous status of the surveys

Previous studies have shown that representative results on the extent and frequency of care problems in nursing homes and hospitals as well as for the tools and applied nursing measures used are available for the Federal Republic of Germany. The results of our study are very well suited for locating positions within the context of facility-related comparisons.

Current survey

The survey takes place annually in December and focuses on different themes every year. The survey materials will be made available to the participating institutions after completion of the evaluation.


Publication: Impaired Mobility and Urinary Incontinence in Nursing Home Residents

A Multicenter Study

The prevalence of immobility in correlation with UI in nursing homes is high. The purpose of this study was to evaluate associations among use of walking aids, mobility status and occurrence of urinary incontinence (UI) in geriatric patients residing in nursing homes, and to examine associations between UI severity (frequency and amount) and its impact on health related quality of life (QoL).

By: Deborah Elisabeth Jachan, Ursula Müller-Werdan, Nils Axel Lahmann

Journal: J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 2019 Nov/Dec;46(6):524-529.


Open Access Link

Project duration

Since 2001 ongoing

Staff members

PhD Simone Kuntz

Research Associate

PhD Sandra Strube-Lahmann

Coordinator Working Group Nursing Research, QM Representative

Previous care reports

Find out more about the recent publications of the care reports from the years 2013 and 2015.