Completed projects

Diabetes-Collaborative Research of Epidemiologic Studies (DIAB-CORE) Subproject 1: 'Regional and Social Differences in the Prevalence and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus'
Investigators:Dr. A. Mielck, W. Maier
Funded by:BMBF  (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Duration:January 2009 - December 2011
Description:The project belongs to the research consortium 'Diabetes-Collaborative Research of Epidemiologic Studies' (DIAB-CORE), one of seven research groups cooperating in the 'Competence Network Diabetes' funded by the BMBF. The main goal of the DIAB-CORE consortium is to establish a large pooled sample from six population-based German survey studies comprising more than 30.000 subjects (including about 1,800 subject with prevalent T2DM) for economic evaluation and health care research in type diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Subproject 1 is conducted together with Dr. Klaus Berger (University of Muenster) and Dr. Henry Völzke (University of Greifswald).
Objectives:In this subproject, working group 1 of the IGM is focusing on the following research topic:
 
  • 'Regional differences and social disparities in the prevalence and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus on the community level'
The joint analyses of several large regional and national studies will provide important reference values for Germany. The results will be important for the planning of diabetes-related health care.
Methods:The combination of five population-based studies from different regions in Germany and the German National Health Survey enables, for the first time, the detailed description and quantification of social and regional disparities in the prevalence and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Concerning the regional disparities, two levels are distinguished: communities, and (in selected cities) city districts. Socio-demographic and socio-economic factors will be examined concerning their role in explaining the observed regional disparities in diabetes prevalence and incidence. Individual social factors (e.g. educational level) and regional factors (e.g. proportion of welfare recipients) will be integrated by a deprivation index on the community level.