All spectra article in the last 12 years in chronological order

26.02.2020

Increased transparency leads to greater quality and safety

The FOPH has been committed to greater quality in the Swiss health service for many years. The new legal basis marks the start of a phase in which the focus is on more coordination and more transparency. In addition, the Federal Council is focusing on the reduction of healthcare-associated infections and the effectiveness of antibiotics. more

26.02.2020

“People have a right to know how safe our health system is”

The Patient Safety Foundation draws attention to adverse events in medicine without pointing the finger at individuals. Its aim is to change the system so that events of this kind don’t happen again, explains Dieter Conen, the Foundation’s President. more

26.02.2020

Prevent the transmission of germs

Many hospitals in Switzerland have a large number of projects and initiatives designed to help prevent the transmission of disease-causing germs, the overall aim being to reduce the number of infections in the health service and stop the rise of multiresistant bacteria. more

26.02.2020

We need to reinforce patient safety on all levels

At first hand. People who go into hospital for treatment trust that it is a safe place and that they will hopefully leave the hospital healthier and, above all, unharmed. But sometimes reality paints a different picture: roughly every tenth patient suffers an adverse event while he or she is in hospital. These events include medication errors and hospital infections, for example. Half of them could be avoided. more

21.01.2020

Gearing projects to schools’ needs

There is now a large number of services that focus on health promotion and prevention in schools. To be successful and viable in the long term, these services need to be geared to the different syllabuses in each language region and to schools’ needs. more

21.01.2020

“Bans reduce willingness to engage in dialogue and block discussion”

Barbara Bonetti has observed that there is less bullying in schools that permit and have rules for smartphone use than in schools that ban phones completely. In this interview, the Research Assistant at the Centro di risorse didattiche e digitali (Cerdd) discusses the value of educational debate and how digital media can be usefully employed in a teaching environment. more

21.01.2020

Fresh air for bright minds

An investigation by the Federal Office of Public Health has revealed that the air quality in around two thirds of schools is unsufficient, even though good air quality in classrooms is important for students’ intellectual capabilities and health. Now schools and their teaching staff can access good ventilation recommendations and other resources such as the Simaria ventilation simulator. more

21.01.2020

The same level of motivation

At first hand. I can still remember how we used to be divided into two teams to play dodgeball in PE classes. Two captains took turns to pick their teams, and always left the children who weren’t very good at sport till last, only picking them – much to the disgruntlement of the other team members – when there was no one else left. There can be no doubt that being one of the first to be picked gave a tremendous sense of validation, while always being picked last was demotivating. more

06.11.2019

“Nothing about us without us”

A Patient and Family Advisory Board has been set up to support further implementation of the “Promoting self-management in non-communicable diseases, addiction and mental illness” project. This step reflects the project’s philosophy of “Nothing about us without us”. more

06.11.2019

Engaging with patients at all levels

Patient engagement is an important challenge, and one that the FOPH is keen to support. There are various ways of engaging with patients and their relatives, ranging from the micro level, where professionals and patients hold one-to-one discussions, through to the macro level, where patients and their families may be asked to provide input for new draft legislation, for example. more