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Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction


The ISGF conducts epidemiological research primarily from a public health perspective, i.e. with regard to the impact of health developments on the general population as well as treatment monitoring in public health relevant groups that are difficult to reach in standard population surveys. The ISGF has mainly focused on the following issues:

  1. Monitoring of substance use and substance-unrelated addictions in the general population
  2. Dissemination of specific phenomena in the general population
  3. Risk factor research, specifically in the area of lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking, obesity and drug use) 

The ISGF is not only renowned for publishing a large number of reports and publications in the above-mentioned areas, which do not only concern Switzerland, but has also laid the foundations for drug policies on an international level.


Projects on epidemiology

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Latest publications

  • The burden of mental disorders, substance use disorders and self-harm among young people in Europe, 1990–2019: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019

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  • Alcohol and Cigarette Use among Adolescents and Young Adults in Austria from 2004–2020: Patterns of Change and Associations with Socioeconomic Variables

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  • Erreichbarkeit Jugendlicher für ein mobiltelefonbasiertes Programm zur Suchtprävention durch die Förderung von Lebenskompetenzen

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