Support group associations that help us prepare our information

As well as answering medical questions, our website aims to

  • supply information on health care and support,
  • answer questions about how to deal with a specific illness, and
  • provide emotional support for our readers as best we can.

To do this, the research we do before writing an article includes speaking with representatives of support group associations that focus on the particular topic. We usually contact them through the German Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) patient representative group.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the associations and the G-BA patient representative group for their help. The following support group associations based in Germany assisted us with the topics we published in 2023 and have consented to being listed here:

BFS – Bund zur Förderung Sehbehinderter e.V. (support group association for the visually impaired)
Graf-Adolf-Str. 69
40210 Düsseldorf

Deutsche Leberhilfe e.V. (support group association for people with liver disease)
Krieler Str. 100
50935 Cologne

Deutsche Aidshilfe e.V. (AIDS service organization)
Wilhelmstr. 138
10963 Berlin

Bundesverband Herzkranke Kinder e.V. (BVHK) (support group association for children with heart disease)
Vaalser Str. 108
52074 Aachen

Deutsche Rheuma-Liga Bundesverband e. V. (support group association for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs))
Welschnonnenstr. 7
53111 Bonn

Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG, Germany). General methods. Version 7.0. Cologne: IQWiG; 2023.

IQWiG health information is written with the aim of helping people understand the advantages and disadvantages of the main treatment options and health care services.

Because IQWiG is a German institute, some of the information provided here is specific to the German health care system. The suitability of any of the described options in an individual case can be determined by talking to a doctor. can provide support for talks with doctors and other medical professionals, but cannot replace them. We do not offer individual consultations.

Our information is based on the results of good-quality studies. It is written by a team of health care professionals, scientists and editors, and reviewed by external experts. You can find a detailed description of how our health information is produced and updated in our methods.

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Created on May 8, 2024

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