Research Projects


Working conditions in hospitals and inpatient care for the elderly are increasingly characterized by work intensification and high physical and psychological demands. There are many reasons for the high workload and work intensification in the nursing sector. These include inefficient communication channels and increasing documentation requirements. Innovative, simple and secure ways must be created to relieve the workload of nursing staff and to increase the overall quality of care. The dexter project is meeting this challenge and developing a system that uses digital voice assistants, also known as smart speakers, to help people - even those without a basic understanding of digital technology - to contact caregivers in emergencies intuitively and without barriers by voice. The goal is to enable people in need of care to communicate their needs and problems to caregivers via the smart speaker, allowing them to prioritize and act accordingly. In addition, dexter also supports caregivers directly by enabling them to complete documentation tasks by voice.


since September 2021


Evaluation of the Program „Gesund und fit studieren an der FFH“

The objective of the project "Healthy and fit studying at the FFH", which is being carried out at the Fliedner University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, is to introduce a variety of behavioral and relationship preventive measures as part of the company health management for students. The overriding goal is to improve the health of students by the end of the project period (2025). The Ruhr University Bochum is responsible for the process evaluation. By means of questionnaires and interviews, interim results are used to determine whether the overarching objective or the sub-objectives have been achieved and where adjustments may need to be made.



Training Program for Enhancing the Adoption of Mobile Health Technologies by Persons With Mild Dementia (mHealth-AD)

The aim of the project is to identify technologies for people with dementia, their relatives, but also for professional caregivers and to develop training materials so that these technologies can be used in a target-oriented way. The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program and takes place in exchange with nine partner organizations, among others in Greece, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

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Digital Health Ökosystem NRW - Fokus Start-ups 2025

The highly regulated healthcare industry poses special challenges for founders and digital health start-ups in order to successfully implement their ideas. The complex demands that the healthcare industry places on founders require industry-specific support structures along the entire start-up journey from the initial idea to the marketing of the product. In the project Digital Health Ecosystem NRW - Focus Start-ups 2025, a sustainable ecosystem with a focus on digital health start-ups has been established, which produces patient-oriented digital products and digitally supported innovative services. This works complementarily and in cooperation with the already existing diverse offers of start-up support and builds on four pillars:

  •         A continuous monitoring of the digital health landscape in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  •         Establishment of a central point of contact and a NRW-wide network to promote exchange within the start-up landscape
  •         Development of industry-specific training offers for digital health start-ups
  •         Testing of competence networks in which start-ups can meet patients and players in the healthcare sector at an early stage.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


10.11.2022 - End 2025

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Training Program for Enhancing the Adoption of Mobile Health by Persons with Mental Health Problems (Mental Mobile Health)

The aim of the project is to improve the competences of people with mental illness to improve their self-management through the implementation of mobile health solutions. The project is funded under the Erasmus+ program and takes place in exchange with four partner organizations, in Spain, Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece and Romania.


31.12.2022 - End 2024


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Therapeutic Encounters with AI - TEwAI

The project aims to contribute to the understanding and theory of digital transformation in healthcare by focusing specifically on digital mental health. In particular, the focus will be on the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the care of individuals and their mental health. Thus, the goal of the project is to:

  •     Understand how AI is reconfiguring mental health perceptions and knowledge practices.
  •     To identify what contribution sociology can make to our understanding of AI's communicative or interactive performance in the mental health context
  •     To identify means by which sociologists:can participate in shaping desirable, ethical, and responsible forms of AI in the mental health field

The project is taking place in cooperation with the United Kingdom.