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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

01.02.2010

At first hand

Editorial Salome von Greyerz. The first attempt to enact a «Federal Prevention Law» failed in 1982 before it even reached the parliamentary debate stage due to opposition from the cantons and trade associations. And even though significant progress has been achieved over the 25 years since then in the fields of substance-abuse policy or HIV prevention, the focus of health policy in this period has been primarily on curative medicine and the financing of the care systems. more

01.02.2010

A BIG project for health promotion in prisons

A BIG project for health promotion in prisons. Studies show that prison inmates are affected by infectious diseases more frequently than the general population. The «BIG» project has been set up to combat the problem of infectious diseases in prisons and to bring healthcare in prisons up to the same standard as that available in the community. more

01.02.2010

Flu pandemic: Swiss population well informed

Survey. More and more people in Switzerland are taking steps to protect themselves from flu by improving hygiene. By contrast, the popularity of vaccination has declined, as a representative survey carried out in November 2009 reveals. more

01.02.2010

STOP AIDS tackles the silly season

LOVE LIFE STOP AIDS 2010. The second year of the «Too quick to think of condoms?» campaign will start just in time for Carnival, with a new thematic focus. more