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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

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

The established and validated self-management coaching program “Living well with COPD” has been shown to improve health status and reduce hospital admissions in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As part of a pilot project, the Swiss Lung Association has integrated the program for the first time in the already existing offers of seven Cantonal Lung Associations throughout Switzerland from mid 2017 until 2019. The further implementation of the “Living well with COPD” program was supported by Health Promotion Switzerland from January 2019 for the next three years. The aim is to continue offering the program in the seven pilot centers and to implement it in additional Cantonal Lung Associations so that by the end of 2021, 1’200 patients will be participating throughout Switzerland. The EBPI is responsible for the accompanying scientific study of this project and to assess the effectiveness of the program on the level of the COPD patients and the implementation of the program with focus on optimization of the program.

For more information or to participate please visit the project page or «Selbstmanagement Coacing» (by Lungenliga).


  • Strassmann A, Guler M, Steurer-Stey C, Lana KD, Carron T, Braun J, Giroud P, Peytremann-Bridevaux I, Puhan MA, Frei A. Nationwide implementation of the self-management program "Living well with COPD": Process and effectiveness evaluation using a mixed-methods approach. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Mar;105(3):670-678. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.06.018. Epub 2021 Jun 18.

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