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20.04.2017

A healthy lifestyle pays off

Leading article. Health is our greatest asset. We become particularly aware of that fact when we are sick. Ensuring good health is a lifelong task, because good health isn't just a matter of fate.It depends to a large extent on our own behaviour and on health-promoting framework conditions. This is precisely the approach taken by the National Prevention Programmes on the risk factors alcohol, tobacco, nutrition and physical activity as well as the Package of Drug-Related Measures. The overriding objective of the past eight years' work was to maintain or improve individual quality of life. We have come a bit closer to achieving this objective so that we can now say that we are on the right track. more

20.04.2017

At first-hand

Editorial. When the Prevention Act of 2012 failed in the Council of States, it was not the Act itself that was defeated. At that stage, no one doubted that prevention works. In fact, it failed because of the discussion about the spending freeze, which was somewhat ironic. more

20.04.2017

Many goals achieved – mixed outcomes at the political level

Interview with Andreas Balthasar. Andreas Balthasar assesses the alcohol, tobacco, and diet and exercise programmes as well as the package of drug measures after their first period. We asked him about his overall view of the programmes, where he thinks they have been particularly successful, what must be taken into account when establishing the objectives of an evaluation, and what he sees as the challenges for future prevention programmes. more

20.04.2017

Important decisions have been made for tobacco prevention

National Tobacco Programme (NTP 2008–2016). "Smoking-related cases of death and disease in Switzerland have been reduced." With this mission, the Federal Council adopted the NTP 2008–2016 in 2008 and commissioned the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) with its implementation. How have tobacco use and prevention developed since then? A review. more

20.04.2017

Looking back at eight years of the National Alcohol Programme

National Alcohol Programme NPA 2008–2016. Alcohol is a part of our culture – a glass of red wine with dinner, a little champagne as a toast, or a beer in the evening. However, alcohol is not a normal consumer product and one needs to learn how to deal with it. Although most people know how to drink responsibly, about one in five people drink too much, too often or at the wrong time. About 50% of all alcohol is drunk by 11 percent of the population. Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the major risk factors for chronic diseases. It has harmful consequences for society and increases the rate of traffic accidents. The annual costs for the Swiss population are about CHF 4.2 billion*. In order to address this problem, the National Alcohol Programme (NPA) was established in 2008, with the slogan: "If you drink alcoholic beverages, you do so without harming yourself or others." more

20.04.2017

The Swiss drug policy – a pioneer model

Packages of drug measures. Switzerland's four-pillar drug policy is still a commendable example for many countries in their approach to drug problems. These are some of the impressive achievements over the last twenty years: open drug scenes have disappeared, while drug-related deaths, the HIV infection rate and drug-related crime have all decreased and public safety has improved. The drug problem has not been solved, but Switzerland has found a pragmatic, healthoriented and humane approach to the drug problem. The third package of drug measures expired at the end of 2016. As part of the National Addiction Strategy, which includes all types of addiction, the four-pillar drug policy will be developed further into the four-pillar addiction policy. more

20.04.2017

Looking back, looking ahead: The National Programme on Diet and Physical Activity

National Programme on Diet and Physical Activity (NPDPA 2008–2016). Enjoying life has a lot to do with nutrition and physical activity, because people who eat a balanced diet and get plenty of physical activity are providing a solid basis for their health, and feel good at the same time. The NPDPA was aimed at encouraging the Swiss population to live a healthy and more enjoyable lifestyle, and at providing conditions that would make this possible. A great deal has been achieved, and useful approaches will be continued and developed further with the new strategy on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). more

18.01.2017

Making prevention an integral part of healthcare

Prevention in healthcare. In its Health2020 strategy, the Swiss Federal Council made the development and implementation of a strategy non-communicable diseases a priority in its healthcare policy. Strategic objectives and associated measures were drawn up, together with the addiction strategy and the mental health programme, and approved in late 2016 by the Federal Council and the National Health Policy Dialogue. Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases can be further improved thanks to these measures. One of the main issues underlying the NCD strategy is to improve integration of prevention into healthcare, in order to curb the increasing incidence of chronic diseases as well as further cost increases. But how can this be done? What has been done so far to improve it? And is it possible to estimate the future benefits? more

18.01.2017

Straight from the source

Editorial Eva Bruhin. The WHO estimates that more than 50 % of chronic diseases could be prevented (or at least delayed) by preventive measures. About 2 million people are affected in Switzerland. The direct healthcare costs of these diseases amounted to 51.7 billion Swiss francs in 2011, or 80 % of total healthcare expenditure – and these costs are rising. more

18.01.2017

"Interprofessional collaboration requires that responsibilities are clarified."

Interprofessional collaboration. Interprofessional collaboration will play an increasingly important role in healthcare and prevention. Claudia Galli, President of the Swiss Federation of Professional Healthcare Organisations (SVBG), has agreed to outline the views of the healthcare professions in her responses to our questions. more