Benefits of a Sponsoring Membership
Members are welcome to participate in the network's current 25 working groups (Arbeitsgruppe) and expert groups (Fachgruppe). They can actively participate in the preparation of memoranda and/or publications of the DNVF working or expert groups. In addition, members can submit a proposal to the board of directors regarding the foundation of a new working or expert group and assume the coordination of the group if the board approves this establishment.
DNVF members receive a membership access key for the protected member area at www.dnvf.de. On these pages, internal information of the association is stored (e.g. minutes, draft resolutions, working papers, etc.). Working groups may work together on documents and initiate blogs on specific topics.
Members receive a discount at the DNVF Forum for Health Services Research. The regular participation fee is € 95 and the reduced fee for members and staff of DNVF member organisations is € 55.
The DNVF annually awards the Wilfried Lorenz Health Care Research Prize, worth €2,500, which serves to further develop health care research in Germany and to promote young scientists. The prize is awarded in memory of the DNVF's honorary member, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Lorenz (1939-2014). The prize is intended to honour and promote individual scientists or a group of scientists who are members of the DNVF and who apply with an original paper that has been published in a peer-reviewed Journal or has been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed Journal in the 12 months preceding the call for applications. Members and staff of the supporting members can also apply.
The DNVF publication organ is the journal "Das Gesundheitswesen". Memoranda and publications of the DNVF and its working and expert groups are published in this journal. DNVF members can access the DNVF publications free of charge via a direct link in the protected member area of the DNVF website. This also applies to the four DNVF pages in the journal "Monitor Versorgungsforschung" (MVF), which mainly refer to and report on DNVF events.
The DNVF newsletter for members is published about six times a year including current topics of health services research, job offers, reports on activities and links to DNVF publications.
The DNVF working group "Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO)" is available to DNVF members for free research advice on the selection of PRO instruments. To contact the working group, members can use the application form in the protected member area, in which the applicant outlines the most important criteria of his or her request.
The members of the institutional members have the possibility to apply for the scientific program with abstract contributions. In addition, the conference offers various presentation areas where institutional members can present themselves and their activities, study programmes, research projects, etc.
On request, the DNVF participates in the conferences and events of the supporting members with lectures, workshops or seminars. If you are interested, please send an enquiry to the DNVF office, which will arrange for speakers from the working groups and expert groups or from the board of directors. A prerequisite for active participation is that the DNVF itself does not incur any costs from these activities.