Projects

  • Management of acute bronchitis in Switzerland with Andrographis paniculata versus usual care – a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

    This study focuses on the management of acute bronchitis in primary care medicine with Andrographis paniculata, an herb from the Chinese pharmacopoeia.

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    Clinical trial – Andrographis paniculata

    This project is founded by Fondation Leenaards

  • Practicing traditional Chinese medicine in the current COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland – exploratory study

    As many people resort to traditional Chinese medicine in Switzerland, we were interested in understanding what impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on Chinese medicine practitioners in 2020.

    This retrospective cross-sectional study aimed to assess if and how TCM physicians and TCM therapists were able to carry on working during the first wave of COVID-19 in Switzerland, from March to September 2020, as well as to what extent COVID-19 affected their practices during the same period.

  • SARS-CoV-2 infection among workers: an occupational cross-sectional study in Switzerland

    Corona Immunitas Nestlé is a seroprevalence study among workers recruited at two Swiss sites of the Nestlé company within the framework of the national Corona Immunitas research program. The company has implemented a combination of protective measures to allow employees to work continuously since the onset of the pandemic, with some employees working mainly from home and others performing tasks requiring close and frequent contact with coworkers.

    Limited data exists on SARS-CoV-2 infection rates in work environments outside the health sector, as well as on the impact of changes in working conditions, notably home office, on workers’ quality of life and job performance.

    The study aims to examine the factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection among different types of workers. Specifically, we will assess whether home office is associated with a lower risk of infection.

  • Specific and non-specific determinants of use of complementary medicine usein Switzerland – Data from the Swiss Health Survey

    This study aims to determine the prevalence of use of different complementary medicine therapies in the general population in Switzerland, its evolution since the previous Swiss Health Survey in 2012, and to examine specific and non specific sociodemographic, lifestyle and health-related determinants of CM use of conventional health practitioners.

    This study is conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Bern. 

  • The effects of a sexual harassment prevention course on students' perceptions and responses to problematic situations

    This study focuses on the effects of a sexual harassment prevention course on students' perceptions and responses to problematic situations. The course was held in two Swiss universities and its goal was to discuss and identify individual, collective and institutional resources to fight against sexism and sexual harassment. There was also a course evaluation to describe and evaluate the implementation of the training course in terms of relevance and learning outcomes for the students who have taken it.

    Here we propose a secondary analysis to test the effects of the course on knowledge. Our analysis takes up these same data while changing the focus, this time more on the representations of sexism and sexual harassment than on the course. While the interviews were initially conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a sexual harassment prevention course, our analysis distances itself from this and focuses on the comparison of knowledge related to sexism and sexual harassment before and after the course.