All spectra article in the last 12 years in chronological order

01.09.2010

Five Migrant Friendly Hospitals in Switzerland

Migration and Health. As part of the «Migrant Friendly Hospitals» project, five centres of excellence for migrant friendly medical care are to be developed in Switzerland. more

01.09.2010

Internet pornography: a catalyst of sex addiction

Behavioural addictions. Online sex addiction is regarded as the m ost common form of Internet overuse. Its consequences for users, their partners and families, young people and society as a whole are hard to estimate. It poses new challenges in many specialist areas. The Fachverband Sucht, an association of addiction experts and organisations, hosted an interdisciplinary conference to discuss the topic on 16 June 2010 in Zurich. more

01.07.2010

To him that has (affluence) shall be given (health)

Social determinants of health. «To him that has shall be given». This popular saying accurately sums up the principle behind the social determinants of health. People who are better off in terms of key aspects of life and work can also expect to live longer and healthier lives than others. more

01.07.2010

At first hand

Editorial Pascal Strupler. A wide and varied spectrum of health promotion, prevention and early identification measures have been established in Switzerland in recent decades. They are aimed at the general public, young people, schools, etc. It has been scientifically proven that, under certain conditions, prevention is both effective and saves costs. more

01.07.2010

Education and migration as health determinants

Equality of opportunities. Studies show that young immigrants do not enjoy the same opportunities as their Swiss peers in Switzerland’s educational system. This poorer access to education can ultimately have negative effects on health. more

01.07.2010

Child’s play: a balanced diet and enough physical activity

Suisse Balance. The Suisse Balance programme provides expert and financial support for innovative projects that make it fun for children and adolescents to engage in daily physical activity and enjoy a balanced diet. Since Suisse Balance was launched in 2002, a large variety of successful projects have been initiated, implemented and evaluated. The diet and physical activity projects currently receiving support, also at the implementation level, include «Procap bewegt», «BodyTalk PEP», «Papperla PEP» and «BabyGuide». more

01.07.2010

Early identification and intervention in schools: lessons learned

New publication: The RADIX foundation has extracted key findings from the evaluations of a number of projects concerned with early identification and early intervention (E&E) in schools and presented them in summarised form in a new publication. E&E is an investment in the future not only of young people but also of schools, and improves equality of opportunities for the 10 –20% of children and adolescents in Switzerland who are at risk. more

01.05.2010

First steps towards cost-benefit analyses of prevention measures

Evaluation. Are prevention and health-promotion measures necessary and worth the money they cost? Three pioneering studies initiated by the Federal Office of Public Health provide first concrete figures on the cost-benefit ratio of state measures in the areas of traffic accidents, smoking and alcohol. The findings are gratifying but should be treated with caution for the time being. more

01.05.2010

At first hand

Editorial Stefan Spycher. Prevention efforts can, if well done, deliver significant health benefits. But are they also cost-effective? Do the benefits of prevention outweigh its costs? How does the cost-benefit ratio of prevention compare with that of curative measures? These questions are justified. But the answers are not easy to find. Analysing the economic benefits of prevention and health-promotion initiatives poses some serious scientific challenges, as a recent literature review of this field has shown. more

01.05.2010

Overweight a heavy burden on healthcare budget

Overweight and obesity. Thirty-seven percent of Switzerland’s adult population were overweight in 2007. Estimates suggest that this high percentage is unlikely to change much in the next ten years. Overweight and obesity currently generate direct and indirect healthcare costs of 5.8 billion francs a year. more