About the Authors

Wiebke Hoffmann-Eßer

wiebke.hoffmann-esser@iqwig.de

Affiliations Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Cologne, Germany, Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM), University of Witten/Herdecke, Campus Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Ulrich Siering

Affiliation Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Cologne, Germany

Edmund A. M. Neugebauer

Affiliation Brandenburg Medical School – Theodor Fontane Neuruppin, Germany & University of Witten/Herdecke, Witten/Herdecke, Germany

Anne Catharina Brockhaus

Affiliation Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Cologne, Germany

Ulrike Lampert

Affiliation Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Cologne, Germany

Michaela Eikermann

Affiliation Medical Advisory Service of the German Social Health Insurance (MDS), Essen, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization: WHE ME EN US. Data curation: WHE US ACB UL. Formal analysis: WHE ACB. Methodology: WHE ACB EN ME. Project administration: WHE. Resources: WHE ACB ME. Supervision: EN ME. Visualization: WHE ACB. Writing – original draft: WHE US EN ACB UL ME.