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Healthcare professions

In July 2019, the German Science and Humanities Council (Wissenschaftsrat, WR) appointed a working group whose task it is to analyse the implementation status of the WR’s Recommendations on higher education qualifications for the healthcare system | Executive Summary (Drs. 2411-12), July 2012

and, based on this, to make recommendations for the development of healthcare professions.

Logo der HQGplus Studie zu Hochschulischen Qualifikationen für das Gesundheitssystem – Update

In the run-up to their consultations, the HQGplus Study on Higher Education Qualifications for the Healthcare System – Update (HQGplus Studie zu Hochschulischen Qualifikationen für das Gesundheitssystem – Update) was conducted and its results published in spring 2022. With this study report, the Office of the German Science and Humanities Council follows up on other quantitative studies, which at irregular intervals highlight structural developments in the higher education and science system.

The quantitative and qualitative data collected in the HQGplus study on the development of health-related study programmes with patient- and client-oriented qualification goals, on the expansion of research and scientific career paths, as well as on the professional integration of health professionals with higher education qualifications, show the relevant developments in Germany.

The study focuses on the higher education qualification paths for midwives, nursing and therapy professions with responsibilities and direct activities on patients or clients. The HQGplus study consists of a university survey and a survey of care institutions (hospitals and rehabilitation facilities). The quantitative surveys are supplemented by qualitatively oriented interviews. Interviews with experts investigate the drivers and barriers of scientific discipline formation and development, as well as the conditions for success in the introduction and establishment of primary qualification study programmes.

Interviews with representatives of health care institutions shed light on important aspects for the use of health professionals with university qualifications in patient and client care.

The study was funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation and the Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation. The German Institute of Applied Nursing Research (DIP) conducted the surveys on behalf of the German Science and Humanities Council (WR).

The following contact persons are available to you at the Council’s office:

Dr. Beatrix Schwörer
Phone +49 221-3776-266

Dr. Elke Lütkemeier
Phone +49 221-3776-125