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NAVICARE - Health Services Research Network

NAVICARE is a regional network for patient-oriented health services research in Berlin and the region of Brandenburg and is coordinated at the Institute of Public Health at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

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The NAVICARE Network

Our aim is to reduce barriers and inequalities in the health care of patients with age-associated diseases. Therefore, we are building structures for research collaborations between research institutions, clinics, communal health services and stakeholders as well as for the promotion of junior scientists. As an important milestone, we initiated the establishment of the Platform – Charité Health Services Research together with the EMANet network in 2019.

Visit the website of NAVICARE for detailed information.

Scientific Projects

NAVICARE integrates two central scientific projects: CoreNAVI (development and evaluation of a patient-oriented navigation model for patients with lung cancer and stroke) and COMPASS (intervention for the promotion of a cooperation between general practitioners and community care points aiming at better health care for multi-morbid patients).

Additionally, we use an annual population-representative survey to assess the population’s knowledge, preferences and use of ambulant health care services.

The NAVICARE Network

The NAVICARE network involves content and methodical expertise of different project partners, including stakeholders and patient advocates. In addition to research and network building, we want to advance education in health services research and promote junior scientists.

Project Management

First Funding Phase:

Project Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn (01.02.2017 - 31.05.2018), since 01.06.2018: PD Dr. Nina Rieckmann;
Co-Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christoph Heintze

Duration of the Project: 01.02.2017 – 31.03.2020

Funding: 1,950,000 Euro

Sponsor: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)


Second Funding Phase:

Speaker: PD Dr. Nina Rieckmann (04/01/2020 – 07/31/2022), since 08/01/2022 Prof. Dr. Christoph Heintze
Co-Speaker: Prof. Dr. Christoph Heintze, (04/01/2020 – 07/31/2022), since 08/01/2022 Prof. Dr. Christine Holmberg

Duration of the project: 01.04.2020 – 31.03.2023

Funding: 3,370,000 Euro

Sponsor: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Persons and Institutes involved in NAVICARE and Cooperative Partners:

Coordination at the Institute of Public Health

  • Susanne Schwengler
  • Dr. Kathrin Gödde

Network Partners

Institute of Public Health

  • PD Dr. Nina Rieckmann
  • Dr. Kathrin Gödde
  • Anke Desch

Institute for Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Brandenburg Medical School

  • Prof Dr. Christine Holmberg

Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCCC)

  • Dr. Ute Goerling
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Keilholz

Center for Stroke Research (CSB)

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Meisel
  • Dr. Bob Siegerink (NAVICARE-I)

Institute for General Practice

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Heintze
  • Dr. Susanne Döpfmer

Institute for Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Studies

  • Prof. Dr. Adelheid Kuhlmey (NAVICARE-I)
  • Prof. Dr. Liane Schenk (NAVICARE-I)
  • PD Dr. Susanne Schnitzer

Methodical Expertise

Further Cooperation Partners within the Charité

External Cooperation Partners


  • PD Dr. Nina Rieckmann, Navicare DISCHARGE
  • Hella Fügemann, MA, MPH, Research Associate, Project 1
  • Dr. Kathrin Gödde, Research Associate, Project 1
  • Susanne Schwengler, Coordination
  • Prof. Dr. Christine Holmberg, Qualitative Methods