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GBA new healthcare approaches - PoiSe - prevention, online feedback and interdisciplinary therapy for acute vertigo diseases using e-health

  • Project Leader: Dr. Filipp M. Filippopulos, Prof. Dr. Doreen Huppert, Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Brandt, Prof. Dr. Eva Grill
  • Affiliations: German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders, Institute of Clinical Neuroimmunology, Institute of Medical Data Processing, Biometrics and Epidemiology (IBE)
  • Funding: 2020 to 2023

Acute vertigo is one of the most common reasons to see a doctor. Although many forms of vertigo are easily identifiable, vertigo patients are often misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly.This can lead to chronification, severe impairment of the quality of life and everyday life, high costs and incapacity for work.

The PoiSe project aims to provide better care for vertigo patients with the help of a multimodal concept. An automated diagnostic system, advanced training modules and a network of experts will support the treating general practitioners and specialists in making decisions and caring for vertigo patients. A component of this system is also a mobile application that documents the patient's therapy progress and recognizes unexpected progress and risks.The decentralized network of experts will support the treating general practitioners and specialists also in rural areas.

A cluster-randomized controlled study is carried out. The effectiveness of the program will be examined in parallel with the introduction of the concept. Health-related quality of life and patient participation as well as costs for the use of health services are examined. A detailed process evaluation examines whether the program increases the diagnostic reliability of doctors, whether it is acceptable for patients and doctors and which barriers have to be overcome when it is introduced.The project will be funded for three and a half years with a total of around 4.5 million euros.

The program will initially be tested in Bavaria, but it can serve as a model for expansion to other regions, other diseases and patient groups - especially those that require close and short-term collaboration between doctors from different disciplines.

Source: GBA Innovationsfonds