Careum Working Papers

Careum Working Paper 9

Interprofessional education in the Swiss healthcare system

With the Working Paper 9, the Careum Foundation would like to set further accents on the future of interprofessional education in Switzerland. The document describes the current state of interprofessional education in Switzerland, documents in the empirical part the characteristics of successful interprofessional education on the basis of relevant reviews and interviews with internationally renowned experts and persons concerned (patients, student). On this basis, recommendations for action are then finally formulated.


Careum Working Paper 8

How is digital transformation revolutionizing the education of healthcare professionals?

The digital transformation of the health care system represents a fundamental process of change and innovation, which massively changes the roles, competencies and cooperation of all health care professions. The development of adequate training and further education concepts and their didactic mediation is a relevant and currently not sufficiently addressed part of the digitization strategy. Working Paper 8 focuses on this topic, paying special attention to the three countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland and interprofessional cooperation. It is located at the intersection of “health – digitisation – education” and is the result of a multi-stage process of two expert commissions.


Careum Working Paper 7

Outline of a new healthcare education policy

What kind of education does the healthcare system require? With five proposals and four strategic measures, the idea is to show those with political power, the training institutions and the companies involved in the healthcare system how to go about effecting change in terms of the education available for the professions in the healthcare system.


Careum Working Paper 6

Patient education in Switzerland

The Careum Foundation has taken a systematic look at the situation regarding patient education in Switzerland and analysed in particular the education on offer to people with chronic conditions. Working Paper 6 explains Careum's “Patient Education” project, along with the relevant analytical criteria, objectives and range of options in this area.


Careum Working Paper 5

Who is the fastest?

Working Paper 5 provides an international comparison of various factors which influence innovations within healthcare. Three theories regarding competition for health care innovations emerge from the observations:

  1. The improvement of people’s health, even in Western European countries, requires fundamental changes in the public health systems.
  2. The innovation of innovation processes themselves will have to go much further than we thought.
  3. Empowerment of citizens and patients as keepers of their health is the key to more efficient healthcare innovation.

Careum Working Paper 4

Global healthcare?

The future of medical and wellness tourism: Working Paper 4 looks at views and theories on cross-border competition for patients.


Careum Working Paper 3

Where do the best go?

This paper sheds light on the relevance of the migration of health workers for Switzerland, the measures taken to hopefully raise self-sufficiency, and it sets the country in regards to the WHO code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel. It appears that the mobility of healthcare workers will remain an important element for the Swiss healthcare system. However, it cannot be seen as the definitive solution.


Careum Working Paper 2

Where do the best come from?

Working Paper 2 looks at the challenges ahead and tries to derive skills profiles for health professionals who will be fit for the future. It also develops four theories regarding training for healthcare up to 2032. It is a plea for competence centres in a system based on division of labour.


Working Paper 1

Ageing Workforce in an Ageing Society

A “care crisis” and “shortage of healthcare personnel” are some of the keywords in Working Paper 1. Careum takes an in-depth look at the challenges presented by an ageing society – in terms of both the training and continuing education of health professionals.