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Capacity Building

Overview

Scientific capacity building is an inherent element of the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS). The project partners seek to educate a new generation of researchers who understand health systems and services research as a cooperative endeavour involving multiple stakeholders. The availability of well-trained and capable scientists with the ability to understand and structure research in the intersection of health systems and services, policy and practice is essential for establishing a successful and sustainable learning health system.

Student Scholarships

The SLHS initially provides twenty PhD scholarships (for the period 2017-20), which are funded by the partner institutions and matched funding provided by swissuniversities. To capitalize and synergize on the existing structures, funds and expertise of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) in the domain of PhD training, the scholarship program has been set up as a jointly led activity. There is broad range of structured and high-quality programs offered within the network of the SSPH+. Students enrolled in the joint SLHS-SSPH+ PhD Scholarship Program can take full advantage of the existing structures in PhD education provided by the SSPH+.

The objectives of the SLHS-SSPH+ PhD Scholarship Program are:

  • to train a new generation of creative and innovative early-stage researchers, who are able to face current and future challenges in the health sector and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for strengthening health systems;
  • to raise excellence and structure research and doctoral training by complementing existing training settings with learning health system relevant knowledge and skills;
  • to provide enhanced career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sectors for early-stage researchers through an interdisciplinary and high-quality training program that fosters an innovation-oriented mindset.

LHS Course Program

Below you find a list of the courses organized by the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS). The courses are tailored for the SLHS-PhD students but may also be suited for others interest in Learning Health Systems and health systems research.

2019

Date Course Title Lecturers Place
23rd May  2019           Introduction to Health Care Epidemiology (Link)  Milo Alan Puhan, Holger Dressel, Matthias Schwenkglenks, Viktor von Wyl, Matthias Bopp, Oliver Bertram Grübner, André Moser, Sarah Ziegler  Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI) - University of Zurich, 
20-22 November 2019

Applying implementation research to developing learning health systems (Link)

Prof. Anne Sales from the University of Michigan, Department of Learning Health Sciences, School of Medicine

University of Lucerne,

Department of Health Sciences & Medicine

1st Oct & 29 Oct 2019

(two day seminar)

Evidence Informed Policy and Stakeholder Dialogue (Link)  Prof. Dr. Stefan Boes; Ass.-Prof. Sara Rubinelli, PhD

University of Lucerne,

Department of Health Sciences & Mediciine

 

2018

Date Course Title Lecturers
05./06.02.2018 Advancing Toward a Learning Health System (Download PDF)

Prof. Dr. Charles Friedman

20.09. & 13.11. 2018 Evidence-Informed Policy and Stakeholder Dialoge (Download PDF) Prof. Dr. Stefan Boes, Prof. Dr. Sara Rubinelli, Dr. Cornel Kaufmann, Dr. Sarah Mantwill
     

2017

Date Course Title
Lecturers
08.03.2017 Lecture Series: A Learning Health System for Diagnosis (Download PDF) Prof. Dr. Brendan Delaney
22.03.2017 Lecture Series: Antibiotic Resistance from a Health Systems Perspective and as Part of Agenda 2030 (Download PDF) Prof. Dr. Göran Tomson
05.04.2017 Lecture Series: The Emperor is Naked: Challenging Assumptions in Health Systems Evidence (Download PDF) Dr. Xavier Bosch-Capblanch
02.05./03.05.2017 Analyzing Health Systems and Health Systems Performance (Download PDF) Prof. Dr. Rifat Atun
16.05./17.05.2017 Vision of a Learning Health System (Download PDF) Prof. Dr. Charles Friedman
28.9./16.11.2017 Evidence-Informed Policy and Stakeholder Dialoge (Download PDF)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Boes, Prof. Dr. Sara Rubinelli, Dr. Cornel Kaufmann, Dr. Sarah Mantwill

PhD Students

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 Spiess

Adrian Spiess

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 De Santo

Alessio De Santo

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 Quiroga

Ana Quiroga

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 Christine Herdeegen

Anne Christine Herdeegen

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 Baumann

Aron Baumann

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 Luini

Cecilia Luini

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

Chantal Arditi

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 Picecchi

Dario Picecchi

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 Maalouf

Eliane Maalouf

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 Roncelli

Evaristo Roncelli

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 Dawson-Townsend

Kathryn Dawson-Townsend

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 Zegg

Ladina Zegg

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 Ettlin

Lea Ettlin

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 Tollkühn

Martina Tollkühn

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 Stucki

Michael Stucki

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 Martínez González

Nahara Martínez González

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.


Rahel Meier

Rahel Meier

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 Josi

Renata Josi

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.


Sabine Baggenstos

Sabine Baggenstos

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 Mannamplackal

Santhosh Mannamplackal

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 Rachamin

Yael Rachamin

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 Liu

Yanmei Liu

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 Föhn

Zora Föhn

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.

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