01.10.2019

Register now for the symposium «Research in Palliative Care» on 21 November 2019

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Projects

14.11.2019

The recommendations for health-related registries have been updated

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Registries that provide reliable data are becoming increasingly important in the health care system and their number is growing. In order to guarantee their quality, the SAMS has joined forces with the ANQ, the FMH, H+ and unimedsuisse to publish recommendations on the development and operation of health-related registers. Recently, the recommendations issued in 2016 were submitted to a practical test and updated.

A group of ten experts mandated by the SAMS under the supervision of Prof. Anne Lübbeke-Wolff (Geneva) looked into ten Swiss registers. Overall, their evaluation showed that the existing recommendations and the checklist are well applicable in practice. Based on the experts' conclusions, the minimum requirements for data quality assurance and data use needed to be adapted. In addition, several criteria in the checklist were clarified. The updated tools are now available in English, French, German and Italian on the ANQ website.

SAMS Expert report in French (PDF)

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Publications

11.11.2019

Personalized medicine: fundamentals for the training of health professionals

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Convinced that health professionals should have a common base knowledge of personalized medicine, the SAMS has developed a guide for pregraduate, postgraduate and continuing interprofessional education. The publication was conceived as a reference document presenting the current state of knowledge.

In order to successfully implement the concept of personalized medicine, health professionals need to acquire new skills. With that in mind, the SAMS has set up an interprofessional working group with the aim to compile fundamental knowledge in this area. The online publication is available in French or German and can be downloaded in either full version or as individual chapters.

Full version in French (PDF)

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Projects

06.11.2019

smarter medicine: first recommendations for caregivers

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The association «smarter medicine – Choosing Wisely Switzerland» aims to prevent unnecessary medical treatments. The Academic Society for Gerontological Nursing is the first non-medical organization to participate in this initiative. It has published a «Top 5 List» on the care of elderly people.

Unlike the «Top 5 Lists» published so far, these recently published recommendations for gerontological care do not focus on inadequate treatments or over-treatment, but on possible insufficient medical care for patients. A discussion of the five recommendations is desirable wherever elderly people need care. The list is available in French or German.

Top 5 List in French (PDF)

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Ethics

31.10.2019

We have restructured the «Ethics» menu

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The Central Ethics Committee (CEC) of the SAMS identifies and discusses ethical challenges arising in medicine. The diversity of themes ranges from A for Animal experiments to T for transplantation. They can now be found on our website in alphabetical order.

The pages of the «Ethics» menu are no longer grouped thematically by domain, but classified from A to Z in a list of keywords. We hope you will enjoy discovering or rediscovering the variety of topics covered by the SAMS. Is something missing or are the links not working as they should? Your comments are very welcome: ethics@samw.ch.

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Academy

10.10.2019

Cochrane Library: Free Access to Scientific Knowledge

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Current scientific findings are decisive for good medical practice. For this reason, the SAMS co-finances free access to the Cochrane Library for everyone living in Switzerland. The online library offers systematic reviews on a wide range of issues and allows one to quickly find out about a topic without knowing all the relevant studies.

To promote the Cochrane Library as a high-quality source of information on medical issues, the FMH and the SAMS are launching a joint campaign in the «Bulletin des médecines suisses». Over the coming weeks, the journal will publish a number of ads and articles on how the Cochrane Library works and where its benefits, opportunities and limits lie.

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SPHN

01.10.2019

New factsheet about the Swiss Personalized Health Network

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative aiming to lay the foundations required to make health-related data accessible for research across the country. The ultimate goal is to promote the development of personalized medicine and health in Switzerland. A newly published SPHN factsheet provides an overview of the vision, the mandate, its key actors and the governance structure.

Since the launch of SPHN in 2017, infrastructures have been analyzed, expanded and coordinated to efficiently manage health data and make them nationally accessible for research, by developing common standards. The initiative has adopted a federative approach by building upon existing data sources and infrastructures. To learn more about the initiative, download the factsheet or visit the SPHN website.

Factsheet SPHN 2019 (PDF)

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Funding

09.07.2019

Eleven MD-PhD grants awarded

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The national MD-PhD program has awarded eleven grants to young physicians engaged in research to complete a doctorate in natural sciences, public health sciences and clinical research at a Swiss university. The synopsis of grantees gives an overview of the supported projects.

The national MD-PhD expert committee retained 11 young researchers for funding out of the 22 candidates preselected by the local MD-PhD committees. The grants cover the salary of grantees for two to three years. They are sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Swiss Cancer Research (KFS) and the SAMS. The next call for proposals of the National MD-PhD program will be launched in autumn 2019 with submission deadline on 15 December 2019.

Synopsis of grantees (PDF)

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SPHN

28.05.2019

Common templates to facilitate data and material exchange

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) and Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) have worked in close collaboration to deliver Data Transfer and Use Agreement and Material Transfer Agreement templates to facilitate data and material exchange in the context of academic research projects.

In order to be able to exchange data and samples for research projects between institutions, a Data Transfer and Use Agreement (DTUA) and/or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) are required. As part of a national harmonization effort, SPHN and SBP have, together with Swiss universities, ETH-Domain institutions and University Hospitals, developed common templates for both documents. Details can be found in the newsletter published today.

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