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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

18.01.2017

"Girasole" pilot project

Girasole. In October 2016, the first patients were enrolled in the canton of Ticino's "Girasole" pilot project. The aim of this two-year project, supported by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), is to reduce risk factors for non-communicable diseases in adult patients consulting their General Pracitioner (GP). Here, physical activity is defined as a key element, and motivational interviewing is central to the intervention. The project is being conducted under the new National Strategy for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD Strategy), adopted by the Federal Council in April 2016. more

18.01.2017

"Girasole" pilot project

Infograph. Girasole (sunflower) is a pilot project jointly developed by the Canton of Ticino and the FOPH. The main aim of this project is to promote behavioural change in patients who are at increased risk for non-communicable diseases (due to a non-balanced diet, smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, or lack of exercise). Particular emphasis is placed on the promotion of physical activity. General practitioners employ the two interventional techniques of motivational interviewing and shared decision-making, permitting higher-quality interaction with patients. With the aid of these techniques, doctors motivate, support and encourage their patients to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, provided that the latter wish to achieve behavioural change of this kind. At the same time, patients knowledge and health literacy is enhanced. more

06.09.2016

At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. Ever more people are suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancer or diabetes. These conditions are a heavy burden not only on the patients and their families but also on our healthcare system. more

06.09.2016

People should be able to enjoy the best possible health in every phase of their lives

Life-course approach. The life-course approach is attracting growing interest among health professionals. Comprehensive overviews such as the UN's "Agenda 2030" Strategy on Sustainable Development, the WHO European Region's "Health 2020" framework or the Swiss government's health policy strategy of the same name are geared in part to the life-course approach. Moreover, the WHO European Region hosted a ministerial conference on the topic of the life-course approach last autumn. What is behind this approach and what makes it so interesting for prevention experts? more