B Maier-Riehle

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Back schools are educational programmes for the prevention and rehabilitation of back pain. A quantitative review (meta-analysis) was performed to synthesize the existing evidence on their effectiveness, for different outcome criteria and time categories. On the basis of a systematic literature research, 18 controlled back school studies with a total of(More)
In Germany, studies in rehabilitation research--in particular evaluation studies and examinations of quality of outcome--have so far mostly been executed according to the uncontrolled one-group pre-post design. Assessment of outcome is usually made by comparing the pre- and post-treatment means of the outcome variables. The pre-post differences are checked,(More)
The definition of appropriate and measurable goals for treatment is a fundamental quality feature of medical practice. In co-operation with experts, we developed a catalogue of therapy goals for medical rehabilitation. In a two-stage procedure we first analyzed the target definitions that are currently used in medical rehabilitation. In a second step we(More)
In 2002, the peer review for the somatic indications of medical rehabilitation was further developed. This process was aimed at adjusting the peer review checklist to the "Guide for the Uniform Medical Report of the Statutory German Pension Insurance Scheme" ("Leitfaden zum einheitlichen Entlassungsbericht der Rentenversicherung"), at harmonising the peer(More)
In Germany the statutory pension insurance institutions have started a quality assurance programme. Our institute developed a peer review procedure for screening the process quality of rehabilitation care. The peer review was tested in a pilot study. Our article refers to the examination of interrater reliability, intrarater reliability and reviewer bias.(More)
Up to now, the majority of rehabilitative measures in Germany has been performed in inpatient programmes. In the past 10 years discussions have increased about extending a flexible scheme involving outpatient, inpatient and partially inpatient rehabilitation benefits. Some concepts in outpatient rehabilitation were already developed as well by the Federal(More)
Up to now, the majority of rehabilitative measures in Germany has been performed in inpatient programmes. In the past 10 years an extension of outpatient rehabilitation can be noted. Because of new social welfare legislation the legal disadvantages for participants in outpatient rehabilitation have been eliminated on the 1st July 2001. In the past year, the(More)
In order to evaluate the process quality of inpatient rehabilitation we established a peer-review system. In our approach, measurement of process quality is based on the report written by rehabilitation doctors at discharge of their patients. First of all, a list of 52 criteria relevant to process quality was defined by experienced clinicians using the(More)
This paper reports the results of a peer review system that was implemented in the context of the quality assurance programme of the statutory German Pension Insurance scheme. The data reported refer to the 2000/2001 data collection period for medical rehabilitation in the somatic indications. Examination of inter-rater reliability for judgements of(More)
The need for rehabilitation is not absolute and given quality. Determination of the need for rehabilitation depends on various criteria, e.g., the case history and certain legally standardized medical prerequisites. Both the regulation of rehabilitation expenditures and different types of personal excess coverage may be interpreted as efforts on the part of(More)
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