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Thematic Areas

The Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) with its partners is continuously developing Policy Briefs and Stakeholder Dialogues.

Topics for Policy Briefs and Stakeholder Dialogues have been selected by means of a prioritization process taking into account their scientific and policy relevance. Topics underline the interdisciplinarity of health sciences and health systems research by including disciplines such as medical science, economics, communication, law, public health and theology.

Policy Briefs and Stakeholder Dialogues of the SLHS focus on different thematic areas. Thematic areas are based on the expertise of the academic network in the SLHS, and are closely aligned with the system building blocks described in the WHO Health Systems Framework and the Federal Council’s health policy strategy 2020–2030 Health2030.


Health Systems Framework

The conceptual framework for the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) is given by the «health systems’ building blocks» and the concept of the «learning health system». 

The systems thinking approach for health systems strengthening inspires the SLHS dynamic architecture and interconnectedness as well as the central role that people play within the system, as shown in the figure on the right.

The WHO Health System Framework
(figure adapted and based on:
“World Health Organisation 2007”)

Service Delivery – effective, safe, quality personal and non-personal health interventions to those that need them, when and where needed, with minimum waste of resources

Health Workforce – responsive, fair and efficient to achieve the best health outcomes possible, given available resources and circumstances

Health Information System – production, analysis, dissemination and use of reliable and timely information on health determinants, health system performance and health status

Medicines and Technologies – equitable access to essential medical products, vaccines and other technologies of assured quality, safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, and their scientifically sound and cost-effective use

Health Care Financing – adequate funds for health, in ways that ensure people can use needed services, and are protected from financial catastrophe or impoverishment associated with having to pay for them, with incentives for providers and users to be efficient

Leadership and Governance – strategic policy frameworks combined with effective oversight, coalition building, regulation, attention to system design and accountability


Fekri O, Macarayan ER, Klazinga N. (2018). Health system performance assessment in the WHO European Region: Which domains and indicators have been used by Member States for its measurement?

World Health Organization (2007). Everybody's Business: Strenghtening health systems to improve health outcomes: WHO's framework for action.

World Health Organization (2010). Monitoring the building blocks of health systems: a handbook of indicators and their measurement strategies.

Capacity building

The availability of well-trained and capable scientists is essential for establishing a successful and sustainable learning health system.

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