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Julia Kreis

(Germany) Harkness/Bosch Foundation Fellow Research Fellow Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care

Harkness Project Title: Consumers in Systematic Reviews: An Exploration of Current Approaches

Mentors: Kay Dickersin, Ph.D., Holger Schünemann, M.D., Ph.D. (McMaster University), and Milo A. Puhan, M.D., Ph.D.

Placement: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Julia Kreis, a 2009–10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, is a research fellow at the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), an independent scientific institute that evaluates the quality and efficiency of health care for the German statutory health insurance. Her work includes the evaluation of pharmaceuticals, diagnostic tests, and non-pharmacological interventions. Previously, she worked at the Federal Association of Company Health Insurance Funds where she managed a European Commission project on health monitoring. She is spokeswoman of the working group "Evidence base and quality management of health promotion and prevention" in the German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention and has published in peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Public Health and Trials. She earned a master's in psychology from the University of Marburg in 2002 and is working towards a Ph.D. in public health at the Technische Universität Berlin.

Project: This project informed the IOM’s Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Clinical Effectiveness Research about what is known about consumer involvement in conducting systematic reviews in the United States and key international organizations.  The term “consumer” referred broadly to members of the public, patients and caregivers.  Kreis conducted interviews and document review at organizations that commission or conduct systematic reviews.

Career Activity since Fellowship 

  • Research Fellow, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) 

Current Position: (updated 7/2017)

  • Division Head, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care

Email: [email protected]

Harkness-Related Publications

Kreis J, Schmidt H. “Public Engagement in Health Technology Assessment and Coverage Decisions: A Study of Experiences in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom,” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2012.

Kreis J, Puhan MA, Schünemann HJ, Dickersin K. "Consumer Involvement in Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research," Health Expectations. 2012.

Standards for Initiating a Systematic Review” in: IOM (Institute of Medicine), Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews. The National Academies Press, 2011. (Chapter excerpts Julia Kreis’ IOM-commissioned paper, “Consumer Involvement in Systematic Reviews,” 2010.)