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Matthias Hoben, Dr rer medic (Health & Nursing Sciences), MSc (Health & Nursing Sciences), Diploma (Nursing Management), RN

Assistant Professor


About Me

I am originally from Germany, where I completed my training as a registered nurse. For several years, I worked as a registered nurse in multiple care settings, including adult acute care, home care, residential long term care, and neurological rehabilitation. Throughout my career in research and practice, I have been passionate about improving the quality of care and quality of life for frail, older adults. This includes improving quality of work life for their professional caregivers as well as improving quality of life for their family/friend caregivers.

Academic and clinical training:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014–2018), University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC)
  • Dr rer medic in Health & Nursing Sciences (2010–2014), Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany and Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany
  • MSc in Health & Nursing Sciences (2008–2010), Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Diploma in Nursing Management (2003–2007), University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen, Germany
  • Diploma in Nursing (1998–2001), Ludwigsburg Clinic Nursing School, Ludwigsburg, Germany

Recent awards:

  • Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014–2017)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany (2010–2014)


My program of research is best described as improvement science with a specific focus on care of frail, older adults. Improvement science determines which strategies work best to improve quality of care, quality of life, quality of work life, and quality of healthcare systems.

Areas I have been focusing on in my research include:

  • Modifiable features of work environments (organizational context) and how they can be utilized to improve outcomes for older adults in need of care and their paid caregivers
  • Strategies to improve the quality of oral health assessments and oral health care in nursing home residents
  • Quality of work life (e.g., physical/mental health, burnout, job satisfaction) for nursing home care staff
  • Burdensome symptoms and potentially inappropriate care at the end of life of older adults
  • Pragmatic intervention trials to test the effectiveness of innovative improvement strategies
  • Analysis of long term care policies and their intended and unintended consequences for people in need of care, professional and family/friend caregivers, and the healthcare system

I have experience and interest in a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies. I have done scoping reviews, systematic reviews and meta analyses, I have experience with qualitative approaches (Grounded Theory, thematic analyses), and I am particularly strong in quantitative methods using large data bases. I have advanced skills in the development and psychometric testing of research tools. I have a particular interest in innovative, pragmatic intervention trial designs - especially in combination with comprehensive process evaluations, using a mixed methods approach to better understand how and why improvement processes are or are not successful and how intervention fidelity and implementation are associated with intervention effectiveness.