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Research project on addiction and violence prevention in inpatient care started

Project logo 'Prävention'

Promoting the health of residents in care facilities with new theatre-based approaches to addiction and violence prevention - this is what the research project "Prävention Kreativ! " is about. Funded by the Verband der Ersatzkassen e.V. (vdek), the NRW-based association of research institutes, social enterprises and inpatient care facilities is jointly developing innovative health promotion and prevention measures for nursing home residents.

The Forschungsgesellschaft für Gerontologie e.V. is the project leader and is responsible for the evaluation. The conception of the measures and their preparation for transfer is carried out by the Social Research Centre of the TU Dortmund in cooperation with the psychotherapeutic outpatient clinic of the University of Siegen and the Projektfabrik Witten. The latter will test and implement the preventive measures in the care facilities. The project is implemented on the basis of the "Leitfaden Prävention in der stationären Pflege gemäß § 5 Abs. 1 Satz 3 SGB XI" of the GKV-Spitzenverband, which defines the criteria for the services. The project has a duration of three and a half years.

Counteracting addiction and violence in a creative and low-threshold way
The background to the project "Prävention Kreativ! " project is the need for innovative low-threshold concepts for the prevention of addiction and violence in care facilities on the one hand, and the need for well-founded findings on the effectiveness of health-promoting and preventive measures in the area of addiction and violence in the setting of inpatient care for the elderly on the other. In order to address these needs, the concept of "Social Art" is combined with the method of motivational interviewing within the framework of "Prävention Kreativ". Social Art has proven to be effective for the empowerment of different target groups in vulnerable situations. The motivational interviewing approach is also suitable for strengthening self-efficacy, having a de-escalative effect and building up new coping strategies.

Behavioural and situational prevention
With the help of artistically creative and mentally oriented group offers for and with residents of the care facilities and through training of employees and relatives, changes are to be brought about on the levels of behavioural and situational prevention. On the one hand, health-endangering behaviour of the residents towards themselves and other people is to be reduced or prevented. On the other hand, health-promoting structures in the facilities are to be established and strengthened in the long term.

Evaluation and transfer
In the course of the project, the developed concepts are continuously adapted to the needs of the target groups and prepared in the form of module components for transfer and application in other care facilities.


Funding: Verband der Ersatzkassen e. V. (vdek) in the name and on behalf of Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), BARMER, DAK-Gesundheit, KKH Kaufmännische Krankenkasse, hkk -Handelskrankenkasse and HEK - Hanseatische Krankenkasse.

Duration: 01.07.2022 - 31.12.2025

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Location & approach

Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

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From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.