The World’s population is rapidly aging. Age associated illnesses are also increasing the demand of care and institutional Long term Care. Therefore, the organization of institutional Long Term Care (iLTC) is one of the major challenges of our times in all countries around the world. There is a serious paucity of basic research data available in Austria and the Czech Republic making informed decision making difficult. It is estimated that for example only about 30% of persons affected by dementia do receive a medical diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Research question: This project aims at addressing 4 domains of interest with quantitative and qualitative research methods. (1)Resident related parameters such as dementia and other health conditions, and social parameters; (2) Care team parameters such as burden; (3) Parameters related to the relatives of the resident and (4) Environmental Factors of the LTC institutions (size, staffing). Innovation: The two research groups join in their expertise of medical and psychological knowledge, develop a common study protocol and join a common data base. Methods: In a cross-sectional design, about 5 nursing homes will be randomly selected in a stratified selection process from the three categories of nursing homes in Austria and the Czech Republic each. About 500 persons living in iLTC will be assessed in each country (Total N about 1000 study subjects) on an agreed upon common study protocol containing medical and social study parameters. The data will be entered into a common data base and commonly analysed.


Duration 01/03/2016 - 31/01/2019
Funding FWF
Program FWF

Department for Clinical Neurosciences and Preventive Medicine

Center for Dementia Studies

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Auer
Project members Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Auer Bernadette Firlinger, BA MA Mag. Dr. Margit Höfler, BA Mag. Patrick Pascher


Höfler, M.; Ratajczak, P.; Beránková, A.; Prieschl, D.; Šteffl, M.; Holmerová, I.; Auer, S. (2019). Data of a sub-analysis of the DEMDATA study: characteristics of Austrian and Czech nursing homes residents. BMC Research Notes, 12: 463

Auer, S.; Höfler, M.; Linsmayer, E.; Beránková, A.; Prieschl, D.; Ratajczak, P.; Šteffl, M.; Holmerová, I. (2018). Cross-sectional study of prevalence of dementia, behavioural symptoms, mobility, pain and other health parameters in nursing homes in Austria and the Czech Republic: the DEMDATA project. BMC: Geriatrics, 18:178: 1-13

Holmerova, I.; Auer, S.R.; Beránková, A.; Höfler, M.; Ratajczak, P.; Šteffl, M. (2018). Cognitive status and use of analgesics and anxiolytics in residents of nursing homes in the Czech Republic. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 13: 2511

Auer, S.; Linsmayer, E.; Beránková, A.; Pascher, P.; Firlinger, B.; Prischl, D.; Ratajczak, P.; Span, E.; Holmerova, I. (2017). DEMDATA: The Austrian-Czech institutional long term care project – design and protocol of a two-centre cross sectional study. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1):196: 10.1186/s12913-017-2244-x


Characteristics of Residents in Austrian and Czech Nursing Homes: Open Epidemiological Data from the DEMDATA Project

1st Krems Dementia Conference, Krems, Österreich, 06/11/2019

Prevalence of Dementia in Austrian and Czech Nursing Homes

Seminar at Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, Saskatchewan, Kanada, 23/10/2018

Dementia Care in Nursing Homes - Results from the DEMDATA study

International Congress of the Geriatric Medicine Society, 10/10/2018

DEMDATA- Das Tschechisch-Österreichische Pflegeheimprojekt

ÖGPH 2018, Wien, 24/05/2018

Wie viele Menschen mit Demenz leben in österreichischen Pflegeheimen? Erste Ergebnisse aus dem DEMDATA-Projekt

Tagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Linz, Österreich, 13/04/2018

DEMDATA – Das Österreichisch- Tschechische Pflegeheim Projekt

Forum für Geriatrie und Gerontologie, Bad Hofgastein, 09/03/2018

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