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. PhD students who are part of the SLHS are actively contributing to the learning cycles by working on Policy Briefs and participating in Stakeholder Dialogues.
Adrian develops his PhD project in interaction and in the context of WHO’s call for action Rehabilitation 2030, collaborating closely with the Swiss Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SGPMR), the Swiss Paraplegic Research, its SwiSCI studies, as well as the ICF Research Branch. The focus is on Rehabilitation Policy, Economics and Financing along the continuum of care and over the life span in Switzerland.
Alessio’s main research interests reside in information systems, more precisely in the elaboration of decision support systems; embracing the areas of knowledge management and decision-making.
Ana’s research focuses 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 aims at developing and validating a measurement tool that will allow to assess HIL that is specific to the Swiss context. In a following step, she will look at the distribution HIL in Switzerland and its impact on health insurance choices, health services utilization and related health outcomes.
Anne Chrstine's research interest is on improving health system management and leadership globally. Inadequate management and leadership skills among health managers hinder them from carrying out their responsibilities in a way that improves health services delivery. Her PhD provides an analysis of management capacity and the effects of management strengthening interventions at district level in low - and middle income countries with focus on Ghana.
Aron is interested in the relevance and use of evidence in health policy-making. He wonders: How important is research evidence for health policy-makers? How does research evidence influence outcomes of health policy-making? What factors are promoting or hindering the use of evidence in health policy-making?
Cecilia holds a Master in Health Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and worked, after her studies, as consultant for the pharmaceutical industry. During her PhD, she will focus 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 lie in the areas of health policy and management as well as in applied health economics.
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 will focus on patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) & patient-reported experiences measures (PREMs).
Dario's research is in the areas of public law and health law. He is writing a PhD-thesis about the cost-effectiveness requirement under the Swiss Health Insurance Act (KVG).
Eliane's contribution to the SLHS is foreseen in the design and development of the data warehouse. The warehouse 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 warehouse poses many research challenges in computer science, like integrating unstructured sources, allowing search and data analysis capabilities on the extracted knowledge alongside data management and protection.
Evaristo's research interests focus on 1) policies and tools to improve integration and collaboration in the nursing home sector, as well as on 2) premium subsidies and other support mechanisms to low income households in the statutory health insurance.
Kathryn is interested in researching health inequalities among older adults in Switzerland, focusing on the areas of social capital, loneliness and social isolation. In 2017 she co-authored the first policy brief of the SLHS: Strengthening social participation of socially disadvantaged older adults in Switzerland.
Growing research shows that loneliness and social isolation are important contributors to negative health outcomes. Even though these conditions can affect all ages, older individuals may more frequently suffer from social isolation and loneliness due to life-changing events, including the loss of close friends and relatives, or retirement.
Social participation has been proposed as a means to reduce loneliness and social isolation and associated negative health impacts. Social participation can take place through various activities, which can include contributing to society, helping others and interacting with others, either on a specific activity such as organized sports, or a non-specific activity.
This project seeks to shed light on the relationship of different forms of social participation and its association with health outcomes and life satisfaction among the elderly population in Switzerland. Results of this project will not only be important for research in the field but will also have important implications for the development of programs that encourage social participation among the elderly in Switzerland.
Ladina is writing her dissertation on "Benefit Sharing - Entitlement of donors of human biological material in commercializable research results". The dissertation introduces and explains the concept of benefit sharing. It also analyzes the prohibition of commercialization of human tissue, the legal status and patentability of biological material as well as biobanks for research, which shall all be examined in regard to a possible implementation of benefit sharing.
Lea’s PhD projects focus on the conservative non-pharmacological treatment pathway of patients with Knee Osteoarthritis in Switzerland, concerning international clinical guidelines. The implementation of those guidelines in clinical practice should help the Swiss health care system to provide the best treatment options for patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Martina is writing a canonical doctoral thesis on personal rights in the Catholic church. The thesis is connected to her ongoing SLHS-project on data protection and spiritual care workers in hospitals. Further research interests are personal rights in the Catholic church, constitutional law within the church and the law governing the relationship between state and church.
Michael’s main research interests are factors affecting health care expenditures in Switzerland and general cost-of-illness studies. He is currently 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.
Nahara conducts systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to health services research in primary care. She currently focusses 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 Switzerland - as a contribution to fighting antibiotic resistance.
Nicola’s PhD focuses on an evaluation of a project that works on the interface of mental and somatic health at hospital-level. Increased rehospitalization and longer hospital stays are major issues in patients affected by psychosomatic disorders and should therefore be tackled in early stages. Her PhD will gain insights on how the project was conducted and what impact it has on patients.
Rahel's PhD research is embedded in the FIRE project (www.fireproject.ch), which established the first database of clinical routine data in Swiss ambulatory care. The database offers a broad knowledge base for diverse methodological, epidemiological and clinical research projects. It provides a foundation for regular feedback and a benchmark system for participating GPs. Her thesis aims to further develop the database and provide evidence about the quality in general practices.
Renata’s PhD project focuses on advanced roles of health professionals in the Swiss outpatient setting by looking at professional roles of health professionals with advanced educational degrees. A further interest lies in the comparison of educational programs for health professionals who want to work in advanced roles in practice.
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, this legislation 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 is to discuss and develop possible solutions to solve this problem.
Santhosh’s research interests lie in public and health management. His Ph.D. project will focus on the rehabilitation sector in the Swiss healthcare system, by analyzing different services and best-practices (actual trends), and highlighting the consolidation of networks and the emergence of integrated delivery systems.
Yael’s research focuses on (in)appropriate medication, with special attention to polypharmacy in multimorbid patients. The topic is explored both observationally and experimentally in two different health care settings, a) using electronic medical records of general practices (www.fireproject.ch) and b) in a hospital-based cluster RCT (NFP74 project 19, www.nfp74.ch/en). The observational part is investigating determinants of multimorbid patients with polypharmacy and inappropriate medication, while the clinical trial is investigating the effects of an optimized discharge management on clinical outcomes. It is accompanied by a process evaluation to improve the long-term implementation of the intervention in Swiss hospitals.
Yanmei works in the area of applied health economics and health policy evaluation, with a main focus on health insurance systems. In particular, her research concerns the determinants of health insurance choices, the consequences and impacts of health insurance decisions on health care utilization.
Zora's research interests revolve around the measurement and the empirical analysis of patient preferences for newly emerging models of primary outpatient health care. Her PhD project includes the design and conduct of an experimental survey among a representative sample of the Swiss population. With regard to the analysis, she places a special focus on comparing preferences of sub-populations (e.g., groups with different health states, health literacy levels or age). From the empirical results, Zora will derive political implications for the Swiss healthcare system.