Data Resource Profile: German Health Update (GEDA)--the health interview survey for adults in Germany

Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr;44(2):442-50. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyv067. Epub 2015 May 15.


The German Health Update (GEDA) study is one component of the recently established nationwide health monitoring system administered by the Robert Koch Institute. The repeated cross-sectional GEDA surveys aim to provide current data on health and disease, health determinants and time trends in health and morbidity in the adult population in Germany. This forms the basis for planning requirements and recommendations for public health policy.Between 2008 and 2013, three GEDA waves were carried out, involving a total of 62,606 computer-assisted telephone interviews with adults in Germany, living in private household, and reachable via landline.A core set of indicators was used in all GEDA waves to gather information on subjective health and health-related quality of life, chronic diseases, injuries, impairment to health and disabilities, mental health, health behaviours, social determinants, use of health services and socio-demographic characteristics.The data from the GEDA surveys are provided for public use and epidemiological research. After submitting an application form, the data are accessible from: [].

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Report
  • Sex Distribution
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Young Adult