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.

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

Schwarz J, Arminjon M, Zemp Stutz E, Merten S, Bodenmann P, Clair C. Déterminants sociaux de la santéen Suisse - comment le genres'est perdu en chemin. Rev Méd Suisse. 2019;15(640):485-489

Crivelli M, Wyss K, Grize L, Matthys B, Aebi T, Zemp E. Are overweight and obesity in children risk factors for anemia in early childhood? Results from a national nutrition survey in Tajikistan. Int J Public Health. 2018;63(4):491-499. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-018-1088-4

Dratva J et al. Is there a gender-specific association between asthma and carotid intima media thickness in Swiss adolescents?. Eur J Pediatr. 2018;177(5):699-707. DOI: 10.1007/s00431-018-3107-0