Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Siegfried Geyer

Hannover Medical School, Medical Sociology, Hannover, Germany

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Normative Aspects of Public Health"

Scientific Career

Siegfried Geyer studied sociology and psychology at the University of Mannheim. Diploma in sociology in 1984, doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) in social psychology at the University of Mannheim (Prof. Dr. M. Irle), habilitation (qualification for a professorship) in 1989 at the University of Düsseldorf at the Insitute of Medical Sociology (Prof. Dr. J. Siegrist). In 1998 he changed to Hannover Medical School as a lecturer in Medical Sociology. After a position as the provisory director of the Department of General Medicine he became director of the newly founded Medical Sociology Unit in 2005.
Siegfried Geyer was president of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology from 2003 to 2007, since 2010 he is member of the executive committee (Vorstand) of the German Society of Medical Sociology.

Current Main Research Activities

The research interests are focussed around the relationship between social factors and diesease. At the micro level this refers to effects of chronic and acute stressors on specific types of disease with particular emphasis on cardiovascular and malignant diseases. At present this line of research is represented by a prospective interdisciplinary study on the course of breast cancer that started in 2002.
At the macro-level the analyses are centred around effects of the social structure on disease. A number of papers are dealing with the relationships between specific aspects of the social structure on diseases thus pointing rather to specific than to unspecific effects. These substantive topics related to social inequalities in health are complemented by methodological studies on the usefulness and meaning of indicators and index measures related to social position.
In the last years much work went into studies that are exploring the usefulness of large health insurance databases for studies on health inequalities. These studies have also stimulated an increasing interest in the question whether and where inequalities in health care in Germany do exist.

Publications (selection)

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