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Modul „Health Service Research“ – MEHIRA

Topic – Open

Spokeperson: Professor Dr. Malek Bajbouj  (Berlin, Charité)

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Stepped Care Model supporting Mental Health in Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The objective of MEHIRA is to investigate a stepped and collaborative care model (SCCM) for adolescent and adult refugees suffering from depression living in Germany. 

Methodical approach: Therefore, a prospective, cluster-randomized intervention study, conducted in seven German cities and comprising a total of 476 patients, should compare effectiveness and efficiency of a this SCCM as compared to a ‘Treatment as Usual’ (TAU) condition. The fundamental principle of the examined care model is to provide patients with mild and moderate depression with accessible and affordable treatments, which are located outside the usual psychiatric-psychotherapeutic institutions (e.g. peer‐to‐peer‐approaches or smartphone based interventions).

Utilization potential: the acquired insights from the stepped care model, as well as concerning the individual low barrier interventions for adolescents and adults, can be used immediately for benefitting the provision of care of refugees but also for improving care of other communities with lacking access to health care systems. The generated disease figures from the nationwide screening process can be utilized directly to manage the provision of mental health fostering offers for refugees by federal institutions and social health insurance companies.


Prof. Dr. Malek Bajbouj
Department of Psychiatry
Campus Benjamin Franklin
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Hindenburgdamm 30
12200 Berlin
t: +49 30 450 517 542

Members of consortium

  • Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim
  • University Hospital Aachen
  • University Hospital Munich