Research and services

The CPPS develops applied research activities and designs services in the clinical care and socio-political field, making use of the interdisciplinary contribution of its members.
The ultimate goal is to develop and promote effective, ethical and socially sustainable healthcare practices and policies that put the safety and well-being of patients, their families and healthcare professionals at the forefront on the basis of shared scientific evidence.

The projects carried out so far by the CPPS have developed along four main thematic axes:

1) Professions and skills in healthcare

In the light of epidemiological, technological and cultural evolution, the healthcare professions are called upon to continually adapt. In this context, the CPPS explores two issues in particular.

Interprofessional skills in training and clinical practice
With a view to improving the collaboration of the various professional roles within the healthcare system, the CPPS questions the characteristics of interprofessional education, its impact on the construction of attitudes and skills, and the changes in these attitudes after entry into the world of work. At the clinical practice level, the focus is on the interactions, the methods of collaboration between the various professionals and the resulting results for the patient, the professional and the organization.

Organizational and moral well-being and healthcare ethics
The proper functioning of the healthcare system is strongly influenced by the well-being of the professionals who work there. Among the research objectives of the CPPS there is the investigation of the situations and factors that promote it. Specifically, the phenomenon of well-being is explored in relation to work-related stress, with a view to developing measures to mitigate it; the delta between tertiary training for health professions and the real needs of professional practice is also assessed, in order to harmonize study curricula; finally, there is a particular interest in moral and ethical issues that cause suffering in health professionals, so as to promote support to encourage moral well-being.

2) Experience of illness and empowerment of people

The point of view of patients is fundamental in a healthcare system that places the patient at the centre of the care path and that intends to promote personal responsibility towards their own health. In its research, the CPPS attaches particular importance to the experience of the illness, in particular in relation to risk management conceived as the management of risky behaviour (consumption of psychotropic substances, inappropriate lifestyle) and management of risky conditions (genetic predisposition to various illnesses) and to the management of chronicity. The ultimate goal is the development of measures that support patients in taking charge of their health.

3) Organization of healthcare systems

The sustainability of healthcare systems rests on an adequate political consensus around them and good management skills. The CPPS carries out its research in both areas.

Development and evaluation of healthcare policies
Healthcare policies are aimed at improving the effectiveness, equity and efficiency of the health and welfare system. The cantonal competences in this area are extensive and allow the development of policies that take into account the needs but also the conditions of the local context. The CPPS contributes to the achievement of these objectives by analyzing unprecedented socio-health issues and developing guidelines for innovative policies, on the one hand, and evaluating healthcare policies in place with respect to their initial objectives, on the other.

Management of healthcare facilities
The management of healthcare facilities needs solutions that consider some key characteristics of the sector: the public interest of the services they render, the presence of professionals and their professional autonomy, regulation and very extensive public intervention. Starting from this premise, the CPPS questions the strategic planning of healthcare facilities, their planning and their organizational development, as well as financial and human resource management.

4) Healthcare technologies

The relationship between technology and health has long been a subject of scientific interest. The CPPS is part of this line of research with an interest in the potential of technology for the identification of risk factors and for early diagnosis, for patient education and support, for therapy and rehabilitation, and for the impact on professional activities and on the organizational climate. The focus is particularly on the potential of playful devices (games equipped with sensors for early diagnosis, virtual reality as a rehabilitation means, etc.), on the exploitation of clinical databases (development of algorithms to identify risk factors, etc.)  and on new communication technologies (development of apps or online platforms for patient information, etc.).

The various projects - financed by institutional mandates or through competitive Swiss and European funds - are conducted in continuous dialogue with the political and welfare institutions present in the area, as well as with other local, Swiss and international research structures.

To ensure maximum impact, the choice of projects and their implementation are based on the following criteria:

  • high impact areas
  • areas of expertise of healthcare professionals
  • looking at innovation
  • attention to the transfer of knowledge produced in training
  • high priority for patients
  • relevance within the context and territorial policies
  • adequate cost / benefit ratio.