All spectra article in the last 12 years in chronological order

01.07.2010

Education and migration as health determinants

Equality of opportunities. Studies show that young immigrants do not enjoy the same opportunities as their Swiss peers in Switzerland’s educational system. This poorer access to education can ultimately have negative effects on health. more

01.07.2010

Child’s play: a balanced diet and enough physical activity

Suisse Balance. The Suisse Balance programme provides expert and financial support for innovative projects that make it fun for children and adolescents to engage in daily physical activity and enjoy a balanced diet. Since Suisse Balance was launched in 2002, a large variety of successful projects have been initiated, implemented and evaluated. The diet and physical activity projects currently receiving support, also at the implementation level, include «Procap bewegt», «BodyTalk PEP», «Papperla PEP» and «BabyGuide». more

01.07.2010

Early identification and intervention in schools: lessons learned

New publication: The RADIX foundation has extracted key findings from the evaluations of a number of projects concerned with early identification and early intervention (E&E) in schools and presented them in summarised form in a new publication. E&E is an investment in the future not only of young people but also of schools, and improves equality of opportunities for the 10 –20% of children and adolescents in Switzerland who are at risk. more

01.05.2010

First steps towards cost-benefit analyses of prevention measures

Evaluation. Are prevention and health-promotion measures necessary and worth the money they cost? Three pioneering studies initiated by the Federal Office of Public Health provide first concrete figures on the cost-benefit ratio of state measures in the areas of traffic accidents, smoking and alcohol. The findings are gratifying but should be treated with caution for the time being. more

01.05.2010

At first hand

Editorial Stefan Spycher. Prevention efforts can, if well done, deliver significant health benefits. But are they also cost-effective? Do the benefits of prevention outweigh its costs? How does the cost-benefit ratio of prevention compare with that of curative measures? These questions are justified. But the answers are not easy to find. Analysing the economic benefits of prevention and health-promotion initiatives poses some serious scientific challenges, as a recent literature review of this field has shown. more

01.05.2010

Overweight a heavy burden on healthcare budget

Overweight and obesity. Thirty-seven percent of Switzerland’s adult population were overweight in 2007. Estimates suggest that this high percentage is unlikely to change much in the next ten years. Overweight and obesity currently generate direct and indirect healthcare costs of 5.8 billion francs a year. more

01.05.2010

Anti-smoking campaign «It’s logical, really» had an emotional impact

Evaluation of 2009 anti-smoking campaign. The consensus-oriented anti-smoking campaign «Less smoke, more life» took the slogan «Eigentlich logisch» (It’s logical, really) for its fourth, 2009 edition. Its awareness and acceptance levels were as high as those of the 2008 campaign, and not smoking is now taken for granted. more

01.05.2010

Basic research to support prevention in the sex trade

Sex work and health. Sex workers are increasingly exposed to risks that are harmful to both well-being and health. The three-part study «Der Sexmarkt in der Schweiz – Kenntnisstand, Best Practices und Empfehlungen» (The sex market in Switzerland – state of knowledge, best practices and recommendations) identifies the areas in this setting in which effective prevention and health-promotion strat­egies can be deployed. more

01.02.2010

The Federal Law on Prevention and Health Promotion

The main facts in brief. The aim of the Prevention Law (Präventionsgesetz) is to improve the management of prevention, health promotion and early detection measures in Switzerland. The Law also contains plans for a new federal-level centre of excellence, the Swiss Institute for Prevention and Health Promotion. more

01.02.2010

Prevention is better than cure!

Forum Vlasta Mercier. Switzerland is one of the few industrial countries with no legal framework in place to strengthen and coordinate prevention measures at national level. Given the aging population, medical and technological developments and the increase in chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, mental illnesses), the care sector is likely to see a very significant increase in costs in the near future. However, only part of this cost increase is unavoidable: with improvements to prevention policy and health promotion frameworks, the rise could be cut to a considerable degree. Moreover, a growing number of studies are showing that prevention measures are effective and represent a good investment. more