Chronic Conditions & Health

Our goal is to understand causes and consequences of chronic conditions (discovery science), to test if interventions improve health among people with chronic conditions (evaluation science), and to assess ways to implement these findings into real-world programs and policy (implementation science).

 

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A multicenter, observational cohort to study the characteristics of individuals asking for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the incidence of HIV and STIs: «The Swiss PrEPared Study»

Benjamin Hampel

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The SwissPrEPared Study aims to identify the characteristics of individuals asking for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and monitor the incidence of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

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Accompanying scientific study to the implementation of the “Living well with COPD” program (SELFIS-2)

Anja Frei

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This project aims to assess the effectiveness (level of patients) and the implementation (focus on optimization of the program) of the “Living well with COPD” self-management program, implemented throughout Switzerland by Cantonal Lung Associations.

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ACTIVATE-CF: Effects of a 6-months partially supervised conditioning program in cystic fibrosis: an international multi-centre, randomized controlled trial.

Susi Kriemler

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We test the effect of a 6-month partially supervised conditioning program in patients with cystic fibrosis through an international multi-center, randomized controlled trial.

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An implementation evaluation of a home-based exercise intervention for COPD patients

Anja Frei

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This study aims to make the connection from science to practice in the context of the HOMEX intervention targeting patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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AMIS Plus:  National Registry
of Acute Myocardial Infarction
in Switzerland

Dragana Radovanovic

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The AMIS Plus (Acute myocardial Infarction in Switzerland) project is a national registry for patients with acute coronary syndrome (unstable angina and  myocardial infarction).

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Association between calcium and magnesium content of tap water and CVD mortality in Switzerland

David Fäh

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Assess the association between tap water composition (calicium, magnesium) and mortality in Switzerland

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ATS/ERS Statement on Self-Management in COPD: clarifying the scope and supporting high-quality delivery of COPD self-management interventions.

Claudia Steurer-Stey

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Developing a statement for health care professionals clarifying the scope of COPD self-management interventions and supporting widespread high quality delivery of this intervention.

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C-SURF: Cohort Study on Substance use risk factors

Leonhard Held

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The C-SURF cohort study examines the patterns of substance use and risk factors among young Swiss men over time.

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Cancer incidence in the
Cantons of Zurich & Zug (Cancer Registries)

Sabine Rohrmann

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This project registers patients with newly detected cancer in the cantons of Zurich and Zug in order to compute incidence rates of cancer.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Prediction Models

Milo Puhan

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Our study develops COPD disease severity indices that better represent the clinical manifestations of COPD and their prognostic implications.

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Cochrane Public Health Europe

Margot Mütsch /
Milo Puhan

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As a Cochrane Public Health Europe satellite, our overall aim is to support the dissemination and use of public health evidence by public health decision makers. 

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Comparison of two commercially available devices to measure nitric oxide lung diffusing capacity in healthy, non-smoking adults

Thomas Radtke

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This study compares two commercially available devices that measure nitric oxide lung diffusing capacity (DLNO) in healthy adults.

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Consumption of Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSB) across socio- demographic groups in Switzerland

David Fäh

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To evaluate determinants of SSB consumption in Switzerland and its possible public health implications.

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Cultural diversity and modifiable risk factors of chronic disease

Matthias Bopp

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This project examines risk factors of chronic conditions and possibilities for improving health behavior in Switzerland.

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Determinants of visceral obesity in Switzerland

David Fäh

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To analyse lifestyle and sociodemographic clusters associated with visceral obesity.

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Does cardiopulmonary exercise testing provide short-term prognostic information in advanced cystic fibrosis lung disease?

Thomas Radtke /
Helge Hebestreit

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The aim of this international multi-centre study is to determine the prognostic value of cardiopulmonary exercise testing as predictor of short-term death and/or lung transplantation in advanced cystic fibrosis lung disease.

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GDM – Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in HIV-infected Women

Sabine Haller

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This observational study aims to establish a diabetes screening program for Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) at the Prevention, Treatment & Care Unit of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Kampala, Uganda and ultimately aims to obtain epidemiological data on the prevalence of GDM in HIV positive women.

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Geographic variation in the utilisation of health care interventions: what is the role of recommendations and other influences?
Matthias Schwenkglenks

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We study geographic variation in the healthcare for chronic diseases, related determinant with a special focus on clinical recommendations, and  consequences.

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HOMEX: Home-based exercise training for COPD patients.

Anja Frei

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 In the two trials HOMEX 1 and HOMEX 2, we evaluate the effectiveness of a
long-term home-based exercise training program using minimal equipment vs. usual care in patients with COPD. 

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M-HEALTH

Oliver Gruebner

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We work on providing big geo- social media data that will allow studies on health and social behaviour monitoring

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Measuring Nocturnal Cough in Asthmatics by Smartphone-Enabled Acoustic Recording

Claudia Steurer-Stey

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Using a smartphone for asthma self-management.

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MediPiatto: Förderung einer mediterranen Ernährung mittels automatischer Mahlzeitenerkennung

David Fäh

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The aim of the project is the development of an automatic system for the assessment of a meal's adherence to the Mediterranean diet by using a meal image and computer vision.

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Mental health,
vulnerability and infections

Vladeta Ajdacic /
Margot Mütsch

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This project explores the associations between mental health, atopies, chronic inflammatory diseases and infections.

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Mobilise-D: Connecting digital mobility assessment to clinical outcomes for regulatory and clinical endorsement

Milo Puhan

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The European Innovative Medicines Initiatives funded Mobilise-D project aims to develop and implement a digital mobility assessment solution to demonstrate that real-world digital mobility outcomes can successfully predict relevant clinical outcomes and to validate these outcomes in different patient populations.

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Nationale Studie
onkologische Rehabilitation

Sabine Rohrmann

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Erarbeitung einer systematischen Literaturübersicht und einer Erhebung der ambulanten onkologischen Rehabilitation in der Schweiz.

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Predictors of long-term work participation among patients with cystic fibrosis undergoing lung transplantation

Thomas Radtke

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The aim of this retrospective study is to assess predictors of long-term work participation among lung transplant recipients with cystic fibrosis.

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SELFIS project: Implementation evaluation of the LWWCOPD program

Milo Puhan

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With the SELFIS study we evaluate the implementation of the “Living well with COPD“ self-management program by Cantonal Lung Associations in their already existing offers of preventive and therapeutic services.

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SURFit: Effects of a 1-year partially supervised exercise programme in childhood cancer survivors – a randomized controlled trial

Susi Kriemler

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We test the effect of a 12-mt partially supervised conditioning program in childhood cancer survivors by a randomized controlled trial.

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Swiss Atrial Fibrillation Cohort 

Matthias Schwenkglenks

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We collect prospective health economic data for the Swiss-Atrial Fibrillation (AF) cohort, a cohort study of Swiss AF patients.

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Swiss MS Registry

Viktor von Wyl

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The Swiss MS Registry is a patient-centered, national research database that aims to comprehensively document aspects of MS that can impact an affected  person's daily live, including social and medical data.

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Swiss Youth Epidemiological Study on Mental Health (S-YESMH)

Meichun Mohler-Kuo

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The S-YESMH study updates prevalence estimates for major mental disorders, assesses help-seeking behaviors, estimates potential untreated rates, and identifies factors associated with mental illness among Swiss youth.

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The prediction of cause-specific and overall mortality by co-morbidities in a registry-based cohort of colorectal cancer patients.

Sabine Rohrmann

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We examine the association between co-morbidities at the time of cancer diagnosis and survival in patients with colorectal cancer.

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Zurich Health Policy Center

Margot Mütsch / Milo Puhan / Sibylle Brunner

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The Zurich Health Policy Center contributes to the translation, dissemination and implementation of evidence into practice.

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