NRP 74 "Smarter Health Care" is a National Research Program (NRP) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and is investigating the structures and utilisation of health care services in Switzerland to tackle the practical challenges of caring for the chronically ill.
The Swiss health system is often considered to be among the best health systems worldwide as some indicators such as high life expectancy, number of health professionals and patient satisfaction show. However, there are also challenges. The aging population and the growing prevalence of chronic diseases requires a shift from a health care system that is focused on dealing with acute illnesses to a system that is geared to prevention and health promotion as well as to more long-term, patient-centred and integrated care.
The main goals of the new NRP are to provide insights into the health care structure and utilisation in Switzerland, and into ways of improving health outcomes with a particular focus on prevention and the treatment of chronic conditions.