5. Implementing preventive measures effectively

What strategies facilitate the uptake of evidence-based programs?

There is a wealth of evidence on how chronic diseases can be effectively prevented. Often, however, these research findings and interventions are not or only partially implemented in practice. Therefore, an essential concern of our research is to advance the implementation of preventive measures in the population and to sustainably strengthen already existing effective interventions. Specifically, we aim to identify barriers and facilitating factors and to use these findings for effective and sustainable implementation. A particular focus of our implementation research is on interventions aimed at preventing risk factors, such as physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and obesity. We are working on programs for early cancer detection and interventions for mental illness, among others, in collaboration with national and international partners. Our research also takes into account the overall political and social conditions.