Liane Schenk

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BACKGROUND From May 2003 to May 2006, the Robert Koch Institute conducted the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS). Aim of this first nationwide interview and examination survey was to collect comprehensive data on the health status of children and adolescents aged 0 to 17 years. METHODS/DESIGN Participants(More)
In recent years, a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among children and adolescents has been reported in countries with moderate climates. Those with an immigrant background living under these conditions are at especially high risk. To date, representative data in Germany is lacking. We analyzed 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations of 10,015(More)
Migration and Health – Developing an explanatory and analytical Model for Epidemiological Studies Migrant status, including ethnic minority status, is an important determinant of health inequalities. Previous studies point to a complex, multifactorial relationship between migration and health, however current explanatory approaches focus mostly on the(More)
Breast milk is the most natural and best type of nutrition for almost all infants. Moreover, breastfeeding is associated with health benefits for mother and child: breast milk supports the development of the infant and protects it against diseases; the health benefits for the mothers also extend beyond the period after birth. Therefore, the WHO recommends(More)
A migration-specific approach was used in the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) and thus it was possible for the first time to include children with a migration background in a nationwide health survey in Germany in a number corresponding to their percentage of the population. This article presents the(More)
The growing importance of residential nursing care has been accompanied by an increasing demand for instruments measuring quality of life in nursing homes. Quality of life is a complex construct with both subjective and objective aspects that does not lend itself to being determined by a single measure. The aim of this study was therefore to identify(More)
Data from the representative German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents were used to identify unvaccinated subgroups that should be targeted by vaccination programmes in order to interrupt measles transmission. Measles vaccination coverage was low among children below the age of 3, having > or =3 siblings and in foreign-born(More)
  • L Schenk
  • Gesundheitswesen (Bundesverband der Ärzte des O…
  • 2002
The objective of the National Health Survey for Children and Adolescents has been to produce the first sets of representative data on health indicators including those of children and adolescents from migrant families. To ensure an adequate involvement of migrants corresponding to their percentage in the demographic profile, account must be taken of(More)
Muttermilch ist die natürlichste und beste Ernährungsform für nahezu alle Säuglinge. Gleichzeitig birgt das Stillen gesundheitliche Vorteile für Mutter und Kind: Muttermilch fördert die Entwicklung des Säuglings und schützt ihn vor Erkrankungen; auch die gesundheitlichen Vorteile des Stillens für die Mütter reichen über die Zeit nach der Geburt hinaus. Die(More)
Data on the health status of migrants are still scarce. One of the reasons for this is that migration status has not been well recorded in official statistics and epidemiological studies. In order to obtain an adequate and standardised operationalisation of migrant status, we first need an exact definition of the terms "migrant" and "migration background".(More)