All spectra article in the last 12 years in chronological order

18.01.2017

"Girasole" pilot project

Girasole. In October 2016, the first patients were enrolled in the canton of Ticino's "Girasole" pilot project. The aim of this two-year project, supported by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), is to reduce risk factors for non-communicable diseases in adult patients consulting their General Pracitioner (GP). Here, physical activity is defined as a key element, and motivational interviewing is central to the intervention. The project is being conducted under the new National Strategy for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD Strategy), adopted by the Federal Council in April 2016. more

18.01.2017

"Girasole" pilot project

Infograph. Girasole (sunflower) is a pilot project jointly developed by the Canton of Ticino and the FOPH. The main aim of this project is to promote behavioural change in patients who are at increased risk for non-communicable diseases (due to a non-balanced diet, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, or lack of exercise). Particular emphasis is placed on the promotion of physical activity. General practitioners employ the two interventional techniques of motivational interviewing and shared decision-making, permitting higher-quality interaction with patients. With the aid of these techniques, doctors motivate, support and encourage their patients to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, provided that the latter wish to achieve behavioural change of this kind. At the same time, patients knowledge and health literacy is enhanced. more

06.09.2016

At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. Ever more people are suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancer or diabetes. These conditions are a heavy burden not only on the patients and their families but also on our healthcare system. more

06.09.2016

People should be able to enjoy the best possible health in every phase of their lives

Life-course approach. The life-course approach is attracting growing interest among health professionals. Comprehensive overviews such as the UN's "Agenda 2030" Strategy on Sustainable Development, the WHO European Region's "Health 2020" framework or the Swiss government's health policy strategy of the same name are geared in part to the life-course approach. Moreover, the WHO European Region hosted a ministerial conference on the topic of the life-course approach last autumn. What is behind this approach and what makes it so interesting for prevention experts? more

06.09.2016

Donate organs? "Say what you think is important!"

Organ donation campaign 2016–2020. The new organ donation campaign focuses on discussion, communication and sharing. It is aimed at sensitising the general public into talking about the subject of organ transplantation with family and friends, reaching a decision for or against organ donation and communicating this decision. Only those who express their will can be sure that their decision will be respected by their relatives. The FOPH is launching the campaign in cooperation with the Swisstransplant foundation. more

06.09.2016

Alcohol: how much is too much?

Alcohol prevention campaign. We all know it: drinking too much alcohol is harmful. But at what point exactly does relaxed turn into careless, tipsiness into drunkenness, flirtation into harassment? In brief: how much is too much? The current campaign by the Federal Office of Public Health and its partners sets out to persuade people living in Switzerland to find the answer to this question for themselves. The second wave of the campaign is scheduled to start this September. more

16.05.2016

At first hand

Anyone who addresses health-related issues soon realises how important mental health is. It plays a crucial role in determining our well-being, whereas mental illnesses can seriously impair our quality of life and, particularly, our relations with the world around us. In recent decades, this awareness has generated a wide range of projects and initiatives in the fields of prevention, health promotion and primary healthcare, but also in education and the work environment. more

16.05.2016

Mental health in the context of health policy

Mental health. Mental illness causes a great deal of suffering, both for those directly affected and for their families. If this suffering and the consequential costs for the economy are to be reduced, there needs to be a more active engagement, better coordination of existing activities and improved networking of all players in the field of mental health. more

16.05.2016

Combating stigmatisation of mental illness

Projects/action days. Although much more attention has been given to mental illnesses in the last few years, stigma or taboos still attach to conditions such as depression, burnout or psychoses. While the Swiss government lacks a legislative framework for taking preventive action in this field, a large number of NGOs are actively engaged in running campaigns and other activities aimed at preventing, destigmatising and raising awareness of mental illness. Here is a brief overview. more

09.05.2016

Flu symptoms after unprotected sex? Go straight to the doctor!

Spring 2016 "LOVE LIFE" campaign. Many HIV-positive people experience fever, fatigue, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat or rash in the first few weeks after being infected. Consequently, any flu-like symptoms occurring after unprotected sex with someone of unknown HIV status have to be investigated immediately. This is the main message of the "LOVE LIFE" campaign wave running since early May. more