Research at ASH Berlin

Research in dialogue with professional practice

Research is integral to the development of higher education. Application-based research at ASH Berlin is aimed at the development and/or scientific management of innovations in professional practices in the social care and healthcare fields. Engaging in this type of research is also essential to ensuring that instruction and further training reflect the latest developments in the various disciplines.

In an environment characterized by continual and bi-directional flow of knowledge between the university and professional practice, the primary emphasis is on the implementation of new approaches, processes or solutions to problems, which are fostered through close ties between the development of professional practices and scientific analysis.

ASH Berlin began to promote the research activities of its affiliates early on in many ways: by freeing up its own resources (hours of course relief and research sabbaticals), supporting the acquisition of outside funding and entering into both regional and international research collaborations. 

This strategy has been successful: Since 2005, ASH Berlin professors have been involved in over 100 research projects, 30 of which involved regional or international collaboration. ASH Berlin teachers have published their findings in around 950 monographs, scientific papers and articles. The amount of external funding going to ASH Berlin research has increased from €4860.000  in 2008 to €1.580.000 in 2012. This development is result of the successful acquisition of a few huge research projects with a respective amount of funding, cooperations in research consortia with universities and practice partners as well as the funding of the Berlin Institute for Applied Research (IFAF Berlin).

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Health and health care research

Health and health care research creates the scientific foundation for the innovative further development, resource-conscious organization, and patient or user orientation in the healthcare sector. This focus of research analyses both structures and problems related to everyday-life and thus contributes to a high quality care for the entire population. A multitude of research approaches are interdisciplinary and/or inter-professional.

How can we better address groups that are difficult to reach? What measures can help to improve the autonomy of patients with multiple diseases? What forms of housing and nursing can safeguard the quality of life of dementia patients and their relatives? What deficits in care are noticeable in new therapies? These and other questions indicate the thematic fields of the research projects located at ASH Berlin.

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  • CALOHEE - Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe
  • CompCare - Competence based human resource management for coping with the demographic change - implementation of competence management in businesses of geriatric care
  • EMES-BB - Economic Models for Evaluation of sample value in biobanking
  • INTER-M-E-P-P Berlin II - Interprofessional Learning and Teaching in Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nursing
  • InterTUT–  Interprofessional tutorials
  • AOPTreatment-Related Care Needs of Ambulatory Treated Oncology Patients in their Home Environment and its Economic Implications
  • Daphne III - comparative study of community focused initiatives aimed at supporting women, children and young people who have been the victims of violence, exploitation or trafficking in three regions of the UK, Germany and Romania
  • DemNet-D - DemNet-D Evaluating Dementia Care Networks in Germany
  • DeWeGe - Berlin Study for Outcome-Related Health Care Evaluation of People with Dementia in Ambulatory Shared-Living Settings (DeWeGE)
  • dig-TEMA - Full Digitization of a Motor Assessment
  • Dual courses of studies
  • EyeTrack4all - Expansion of the user group for gaze-controlled augmentative and alternative communication through the development of new processes for gaze control
  • FapP- Berliner Forum ambulanter privater Pflegedienste - Unternehmerische Akteure im Gesundheitssektor zwischen Wirtschaftlichkeit und guter Pflege
  • Gender in research, teaching and training at the ASH Berlin
  • Gender-sensitive Therapy and Counseling for TraumaGender - sensitive Therapy and Counseling Concepts for the Treatment of Complex Sexual Trauma - An Exploratory Study with Particular Attention to the Perspective of Clients
  • Health and Illness of Homeless Adolescents - Health Beliefs and Behaviors of Homeless Adolescents: Determinants and Constellations in the Lifeworld and Social Context
  • GLEPA - LGBTI* Aging and Care
  • GLESA - Sexuality, Independence, and Old Age: Independent Living of Elderly Gays and Lesbians as a Contribution to Innovative Care of Older People?
  • INDIKA - Indiciation specific regional coordinated post acut care of persons with stroke and persons with dementia following stroke in Berlin Pankow
  • InKoMi - Analysis of Acceptance, Effect and the Development Needs of Interactive Foreign Language Communication Technology in the Doctor-Patient Interaction with Migrants and Foreign Patients
  • Insomnia - Sleep Disorders and Comorbidity in the Inpatient Long-term Care of the Elderly
  • INSOMNIA II - Interrelation of Sleep Disorders and Multimorbidity: Nursing Interventions for more Autonomy
  • Kammer-Studie - Study on the Acceptance of a Nursing Council in the Federal State of Berlin
  • Kammer-Studie_Schüler/-innen - Online-Befragung der Schüler/-innen der Kranken- und Altenpflegeschulen zur Pflegekammer in Berlin 
  • KATA-TWG - Catamnesis Study on Therapeutical Resident Groups in Berlin
  • KuA - Krebs und Armut - Einfluss von sozioökonomischen Faktoren auf den Versorgungsprozess bei Krebspatienten
  • LedeMitH - Lifeworlds of Turkish immigrants with dementia and their families in Germany.A study on resources and burdens
  • MAAL - Development of a part-time, interdisciplinary Masters course in Ambient Assisted Living
  • MADRIC - IT-based Monitoring of Adverse Drug Reactions in Institutional Long-term Care for People with Dementia
  • Tailes+Dementia+Study - Scientific study for the project "Once upon a time... Fairy tales and dementia"
  • Tales+Study+Saxony - "Fairytales open doors" Accompanying scientific study of fairytale narrations in refugee shelters in Saxony
  • MPV Krebs - Medical and Nursing Care Pattern for Ambulatory Oncology Patients in the Urban-Rural Comparison (Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
  • Palliativpflege -Training programs, implementation and evaluation at the Evangelical Hospital Göttingen-Weende
  • Perinatal Health and Migration Berlin -  The Impact of Migration and Acculturation Processes on Pregnancy and Birth: Perinatal Data of Migrant Women and German Women Compared
  • PflegeLanG - Home Care in a Long-Living Society
  • Psychosocial Care of Tumor Patients - Quality of Life of Cancer Patients Following Surgery and Reconstruction - Contribution of Hospital Social Services to Mental Health Care
  • QPM-Pflege - Integrated quality and human resource management in nursing companies - able to respond to demographic changes, able to work and lasting
  • QuAK - Qualitätsstandards der Adipositas-Prävention bei Kindern - Eine Bestandsaufnahme
  • RUSMUB - Young RUssian Speaking Migrants’ Utilization Behavior in Case of Intense Use of Alcohol and/or Drugs and (potential) Hepatitis
  • STEGE - Study on Structure Quality and Health of Educators in Child Care Centres
  • Tabaluga  - Accompanying Evaluation of a Trauma Education Training at the "Tabaluga" Children and Youth ServicesBegleitevaluation einer Traumapädagogikschulung bei der 
  • WGQual - Research-Based Quality Development to Enhance Quality of Life and Preventive Potential in Ambulatory Assisted Living Communities for Dependent Elderly People
  • ZukunftPflege (FutuerCare) - Online Platform for Healthy and Qualified Home Care Services



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Social Work Research

The focus is on precise empirical analyses e.g. of assisted apartment-sharing communities of seniors in need of care, of the transition from permanent stationary living to living with intensive care of people with disabilities, of quality management in child protection or of the consequences of war and National Socialism. The consequences of experienced social exclusion and/or violence are studied with regard to individual life situations. Furthermore, concepts such core concepts of modernity as biography, identity, life world, and trans-culturality are points of departure for various empirical-reconstructive studies.

The principle concern of the research on social work is the theory-based further development of the discipline and the profession: the research compares the demands and standards, the chances of understanding the other, inclusion and participation, and last but not least the positions and methods of (self) reflection are studied, founded on the ethics of the profession.

  • ElfE - Parents Asking Parents: The Way to Day Care

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Education Research

On the one hand, this research focus is on educational theory and on questions concerning the foundations of the discipline, on the other hand on problems of application. With a focus on the quality development of research institutions, for example, questions of the care ratio as well as the cooperation between parents, nurseries, elementary schools, and places of learning outside the school are tackled. In the research on processes of learning and education, fundamental issues of experience, knowledge, and competence development in various age groups and in informal as well as institutional contexts are taken into consideration. With regard to research on university education, the focus is on general questions of competence orientation and more specifically on the academization of qualified occupations. In the field of international comparative educational research the interest is directed at, among other things, developments in early childhood education as well as in the training of educators in the international context.

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  • ARTPAED - Joint Research Project: Design and Evaluation of an Educational Science-Based and Practice-Oriented Interdisciplinary Training for Artists and Cultural Workers.
  • HCP - Health Care Professionals -  Online Bachelor Program for Nursing and Therapy Professions
  • InterTUT –  Interprofessional tutorials
  • Learning Arts - Fundamental Qualification for Creative Artists of any Field Basing on a Participative, Biographical Approach
  • Passport Control! - Living without Papers in Past and Present
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  • StimtS - Stimulation or stress? The influence of group organisational concepts on behaviour and well-being of young children in child care
  • Viel*Bar - The topic of diverse gender and sexual modes of living in education – Didactic potentials and challenges in museum educational approaches

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Life and work of Alice Salomon

Life and work of Alice Salomon (1872-1948), founder of one of the first schools for female social workers in the world, who had a determining influence on the development of social work in practice, research, theory and education during the Weimar Republic.

The scientific relevance of  her work receives global acceptance in popular research and science, which especially finds its expression since the late 1990s. The Alice Salomon Archive of the ASH Berlin is located in the former workspaces of Alice Salomon in Berlin-Schöneberg and dedicates its work and research to the life and work of Alice Salomon.

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IFAF Berlin - Berlin Institute for Applied Research

Universities of Applied Sciences in Berlin collaborating in research

To strengthen research at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Berlin and to encourage the transfer of knowledge and technology into professional practice: that is the aim of the Berlin Institute for Applied Research (IFAF Berlin). It bundles practical competences in research in order to promote collaborative projects of the Universities of Applied Sciences and regional partners from Berlin-Brandenburg. The IFAF Competence Centre for Integration and Health at the ASH Berlin coordinates and supports collaborative projects with the focus on transcultural and migration research, health services research through to scientific learning and educating.

Logo des IFAF Berlin: Ein großes weißes F auf schwarzem Grund, daneben die Buchstaben IFAF, wobei das I orange erscheint.

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