About us

The Zentrum für Qualität in der Pflege (ZQP, Centre for Quality in Care) is a non-profit, non-governmental foundation. Its goal is to improve the health care, especially the quality of the long-term care, for older care-receiving persons in Germany.

The ZQP is independent of economic, political and ideological interests. The foundation carries out research projects and prepares knowledge for the practice in open-access products. In these processes, care professionals and other health occupations, family members, researchers as well as players from health policy are involved. At the same time, these stakeholders are the main target groups of our operative work.

The two main topics of our work are prevention and patient safety in the context of age and long-term care. A multidisciplinary team works for the foundation with experts from gerontology, health science, medicine, nursing management, nursing science, political science, sociology, nursing practice and economics.

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Long-term Care in Germany

In Germany, there is an obligatory long-term care insurance which covers around half of the costs connected to long-term care. Further costs are paid by the care-receiving persons themselves, their relatives or, in cases of economic hardship, the state. Which benefits persons in need of care receive from the insurance depends on the degree of care-dependency, the so-called Pflegegrad. It is determined by the long-term care insurance after an assessment.


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Further services of the ZQP

Beratung zur Pflege

The database lists more than 4,500 advice services. Interested citizens, but also professionals from the social and health sector can use it to search for advice services in Germany related to long-term care.

Research database

This database provides an overview of age-related nursing care research in Germany and allows research on topics, methods, institutions, funders and results. Further, researchers can register research projects and administrate the entries.