Institute of Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science 

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Institute of Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science

The Institute of Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science at the Center for Humanities and Health Sciences (CC1) of Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin was newly founded in March 2002. It is part of a long tradition of medical sociological and socio-medical thinking within the Berlin University Medical Center and was already part of the structure of the Central Institute for Social Medicine at the Free University of Berlin in 1970.

Currently, the Institute’s main areas of research are:

  • Medical and nursing care research
  • Demographic change and ageing research
  • Educational and professional research
  • Rehabilitation research.

What is Medical Sociology?

Our health but also the occurrence of many diseases depends on the interplay of social situations, mental states and physical conditions. Medical sociology deals with social influences on the development, progression and healing of diseases and on the maintenance of health. In addition, medical sociological research addresses questions relating to the quality of medical and nursing care. The focus is on patients, their relatives and professional helpers.

What is Rehabilitation science?

Rehabilitation science deals with the provision of health care for people who, as a result of illness, are not sufficiently able to participate in professional and/or social life.