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One of the main objectives of the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) is to train young researchers to understand and conduct high quality research in the intersection of practice, policy and research.

These former PhD students who were part of the SLHS were actively contributing to the learning cycles by working on Policy Briefs and participating in Stakeholder Dialogues.

Alessio De Santo

Alessio’s main research interests resided in information systems, more precisely in the elaboration of decision support systems; embracing the areas of knowledge management and decision-making.

Eliane Maalouf

Eliane's contribution to the SLHS was in the area of the design and development of the meta date repository. This repository will integrate heterogeneous data sources relevant to the Swiss public health domain and health services research, and it will model the knowledge extracted from these sources. The realization of this meta data repository poses many research challenges in computer sciences, like integrating unstructured sources, allowing search and data analysis capabilities on the extracted knowledge alongside data management and protection.

Aron Baumann

Aron is interested in the relevance and use of evidence in health policy-making. In his research, he wondered how important research evidence is for health policy-makers and how research evidence influences outcomes of health policy-making. He also addressed factors that are promoting or hindering the use of evidence in health policy-making.

Anne Christine Heerdegen

Anne Christine’s doctoral research focused on health systems strengthening in low – and middle income countries, with a particular focus on local health system management.

LinkedIn | Anne Christine Heerdegen

Dario Picecchi

Dario's research was in the area of pubic law and health law. He was writing his PhD thesis about the cost-effectiveness requirement under the Swiss Health Insurance Act (KVG).

Ladina Zegg

Ladina is a lawyer with professional experience in the public and private sector. Her dissertation was on the topic of "Benefit Sharing: Entitlement to Share Research Results.

Yanmei Liu

Yanmei worked in the area of applied health economics and health policy evaluation, with a main focus on health insurance systems. The major focus of Yanmei’s research project was on the Swiss health insurance system and health care demand. The mandatory Swiss insurance system requires individuals to make decisions regarding their health care plan selections. How individuals understand complex insurance coverages, what factors affect choices of different plans, and how this choice affects health care utilization are important research areas that have implications on the efficiency of a health insurance system.

Kathryn Dawson Townsend

Kathryn's doctoral research focused on the relationship between social capital (social participation and social support) and health-related outcomes for older adults, as well as informal caregiving. 


Renata Josi

Evaristo Roncelli

Evaristo's research interests focused on policies and tools to improve integration and collaboration in the nursing home sector, as well as on premium subsidies and other support mechanisms to low income households in the statutory health insurance.

Yael Rachamin

Yael's PhD research focused on prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Swiss primary care based on electronic medical records of general practicioners ( Besides describing preventive activities of general practicioners (i.e.assessment and treatment of metabolic risk factors), she aimed to assess guideline concordance of these activities and to find determinants thereof.

Rahel Meier

Santosh Mannamplackal

Santhosh’s main research interests lie in public and health management. During his Ph.D., he focused on the emergence of integrated delivery systems, by analyzing different services and best-practices.

LinkedIn | Mannamplackal Santhosh

Cecilia Luini

During her PhD, Cecilia focused on the analysis and innovation of health service delivery with special attention to the challenges posed by emerging clusters of patients (e.g. frail patients). Her main research interests lied in the area of health policy and management as well as in applied health economics.

Ana Quiroga

Ana's research focussed on the concept of Health insurance literacy (HIL), specifically its conceptualization and assessment within the Swiss Health System. As part of her PhD research, she developed and validated a measurement tool that will allow to assess HIL that is specific to the Swiss context. In a following step, she was looking at the distribution of HIL in Switzerland and the impact on health insurance choices, health services utilization and related health outcomes.

Adrian Spiess

Adrian's doctoral research focused on health policy. His research produced evidence on current challenges in providing and accessing rehabilitation services in Switzerland that can inform policy-making at the national and sub-national levels.

LinkedIn | Adrian Spiess

Martina Tollkühn

Martina's research project addressed pastoral workers in hospitals in Zurich and issues related to existing or contemplated privacy issues.

Sabine Baggenstos

Sabine's dissertation in the field of Canon Law / State-Church Law addressed the following topic: Under current canon law, any person suffering from permanent impotence is enjoined from marrying in church - which for Roman Catholics actually is the only marriage both valid and desirable. However, the legislatioin contradicts other national and international law such as the Swiss Federal Constitution and the UN Convention on Disability. Sabine's aim and Intention of her PhD thesis was to discuss and develop possible solutions to solve this problem. Sabine's dissertation in the field of Canon Law / State-Church Law was awarded by the University Association at the Dies Academicus 2021 as the best dissertation of the Faculty of Theology.

Lea Ettlin

Lea's doctoral research focused on guiding the implementation of the guidelines recommendation - exercise and education - for the conservative management of knee osteoarthritis in Switzerland.

LinkedIn | Lea Ettlin

Michael Stucki

Michael's main research interests were factors affecting health care expenditures in Switzerland and general cost-of illness studies. He was working on a decomposition of Swiss health care expenditures into various dimensions, including diseases, affected health care services, and demographic groups. Results from this research are expected to provide insights into the driving factors behind changes in health care expenditures over time.

Nicola Aebi

Nahara conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to health services research in primary care. She focusse on shared decision making for prostate cancer, and on the prescribing and use of antibiotics for primary care patients with respiratory tract infections. Her work will evolve to encompass primary research studies of the quality of prescribing and use of antibiotics in primary care in Switerland - as a contribution to fighting antibiotic resistances.

Chantal Arditi

Chantal Arditi has been working since 2006 as a research associate at the Institute of social and preventive medicine in Lausanne, conducting satisfaction and experience surveys, comprehensive and systematic reviews (e.g. Cochrane), and healthcare evaluations of complex interventions (e.g. chronic disease management programs). Her PhD project focusses on patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) and patient-reported experiences measures (PREMs).


Policy Briefs & Stakeholder Dialogues

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