Group | Gender and Health

The Gender and Health research group aims to investigate how gender shapes health, health behaviour, health care and access to health care. Current activities include studying the impact of varying gynaecological working approaches on patient outcomes, and monitoring key indicators of UNICEF’s baby-friendly hospital initiative in Switzerland, vaccine acceptance, and gender-specific smoking cessation interventions.

We investigate the role of early life factors, reproductive history and hormonal factors in respiratory and cardiovascular health within the SAPALDIA and the SAPALDIA-Offspring Study. Socio-economic and cultural drivers and barriers to HIV/Aids-related services and gendered social and intra-family dynamics affecting HIV-related decision-making are being studied in Zambia. The unit also offers research services for gender analyses for a broad range of health outcomes.

Späth A, Zemp E, Merten S, Dratva J. Baby-friendly hospital designation has a sustained impact on continued breastfeeding. Matern Child Nutr. 2018;14(1). DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12497

Zemp E, Signorell A, Kurth E, Reich O. Does coordinated postpartum care influence costs?. Int J Integr Care. 2017;17(1):1-11. DOI: 10.5334/ijic.2487

Hansen S et al. Early menarche and new onset of asthma: results from the SAPALDIA cohort study. Maturitas. 2017;101:57-63. DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2017.04.012

Dratva J, Späth A. Forschungsprojekt "Erarbeitung Erhebungsmethoden für Datenlücken der Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit in der Schweiz". Schlussbericht. . Basel: Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, 2017. Diese Studie wurde im Auftrag des Bundesamts für Gesundheit, Vertragsnummer 16.006522 erarbeitet

Giezendanner S et al. General practitioners' attitudes towards essential competencies in end-of-life care: a cross-sectional survey. PLoS One. 2017;12(2):e0170168. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0170168