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Research focus:  

Rehabilitationswissenschaftlicher Forschungsverbund Bayern
Marcusstrasse 9-11, 97070 Würzburg

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Research foci (and basic equipment-based research projects):

The Rehabilitation Network of Bavaria (Rehabilitationswissenschaftlicher Forschungsverbund Bayern, RFB) is funded by the Rehabilitation Research Program of the BMBF and the German Pension Insurance (duration 6 years, financial volume 6 Euro, 2,5 Euro at the University of Würzburg; speaker: Prof. Faller, Würzburg). Both the Central Coordinating Unit and the Methods Consulting Unit of the RFB are located at the Rehabilitation Sciences Section of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology, together with several research projects. The network is comprised of 22 research projects established at both university and clinic sites in Bavaria, 9 of them in Würzburg. In this network psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation are addressed. The main theme is as follows: „Patients in rehabilitation: disorder-specific and generic approaches to motivation, coping, intervention, and evaluation“.

The Bavarian network has three main features: First, it focuses on the patient’s perspective. The research questions addressed include the ascertainment of the psychosocial sequelae of chronic diseases such as anxiety, strategies for coping with the disease, development of assessment methods for the measurement of quality of life, and the development and evaluation of patient education interventions. Second, the network is striving for the accomplishment of high methodological standards, such as randomized controlled studies. Third, a broad research structure including research institutions, rehabilitation clinics, and pension insurance institutes has been implemented. A major element of this structure is a Professorship for Rehabilitation Sciences established in 2000, funded by the Federation of the German Pension Insurance Institutes and the Regional Pension Insurance Institute of Lower Franconia.


Faller H, Vogel H, Worringen U (1999) Der Rehabilitationswissenschaftliche Forschungsverbund Bayern (RFB) stellt sich vor. Rehabilitation 37, Suppl 2:S1-S6

Faller H, Haaf G, Kohlmann Th, Löschmann Ch, Maurischat C, Petermann F, Schulz H, Zwingmann Ch (1999) Orientierungshilfen und Empfehlungen für die Anlage, Durchführung und Interpretation von Studien in der Rehabilitationsforschung (Forschungsleitlinien im Förderschwerpunkt Rehabilitationswissenschaften des BMBF und der Deutschen Rentenversicherung). Im Internet unter sowie in DRV-Schriften 16:9-52

Faller H, Haaf G, Löschmann Ch, Maurischat C, Schulz H (2000) Experimentelle und nicht-experimentelle Studienpläne in der Rehabilitationsforschung. In: Bengel J, Koch U (Hrsg) Grundlagen der Rehabilitationswissenschaften. Springer, Heidelberg, S. 271-286

Faller H, Vogel H, Bosch B (2000) Erwartungen von Rehabilitanden hinsichtlich der Methoden und Ergebnisse ihrer Rehabilitation. Eine kontrollierte Studie mit Rückenschmerz- und onkologischen Patienten. Rehabilitation 39:205-214

Faller H, Vogel H, Bosch B (2000) Lebensqualität und Funktionskapazität bei Rehabilitanden mit chronischen Rückenschmerzen. Jahrbuch der Medizinischen Psychologie 18:183-193

Reusch A, Faller H, Zwingmann Ch (2001) Evaluation von Patientenschulungsprogrammen: Experimentelle Designs in der Praxis. Praxis Klinische Verhaltensmedizin und Rehabilitation 14:107-114

Reusch A, Zwingmann C, Faller H (Hrsg) (2002) Empfehlungen zum Umgang mit Daten in der Rehabilitationsforschung (mit CD-ROM). Roderer, Regensburg

Worringen U, Zwingmann Ch (Hrsg) (2001) Rehabilitation weiblich – männlich. Geschlechtspezifische Rehabilitationsforschung. Weinheim: Juventa

Rewards and prizes:
Prof. Dr. Dr. H. Faller is the first holder of the Julius-Springer-Psychotherapy-Award (2002)