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.

Group | Gender and Health

Allabadi H et al. Depression and anxiety symptoms in cardiac patients: a cross-sectional hospital-based study in a Palestinian population. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:232. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6561-3

Hansen S et al. Gender differences in the association between life history of body silhouettes and asthma incidence: results from the SAPALDIA cohort study. Respir Med X. 2019;1:100001. DOI: 10.1016/j.yrmex.2019.100001

Mhalu G et al. Pathways and associated costs of care in patients with confirmed and presumptive tuberculosis in Tanzania: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2019;9(4):e025079. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025079

Mhalu G et al. Explaining patient delay in healthcare seeking and loss to diagnostic follow-up among patients with presumptive tuberculosis in Tanzania: a mixed-methods study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019;19:217. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-019-4030-4

Schneider C, Zemp E, Zitzmann N.U. Dental care behaviour in Switzerland. Swiss Dent J. 2019;129(6):466-478