Medical research at Suva

  • Suva supports internal and external research relating to the Accident Insurance Act (UVG).
  • Your data as an insured person could be relevant and used for research projects.
  • Below, you will find details about how Suva conducts its research, how you can contribute to it and how you can exercise your right of veto.
  • Researchers can also find information here about the requirements for research projects.

Why do research?

Suva plays a key role in Switzerland’s social security system. However, it is far more than just an insurance company: the “Suva model” combines prevention, insurance and rehabilitation. Suva operates two kinds of medical service (insurance medicine and occupational medicine) and runs two rehabilitation clinics of its own: one in Bellikon (AG) and one in Sion (VS). It is in the interests of Suva and its insured persons for Suva's doctors to have close links with researchers and to engage in scientific work themselves. Carrying out our own research and collaborating on external research projects are essential for keeping up-to-date with scientific developments. Both these activities have a role to play in maintaining the high-quality patient care that is provided by the “Suva model”.

What are we researching?

Suva engages in scientific projects to do with occupational, insurance and rehabilitation medicine, focussing on the following areas:

  • The musculoskeletal system
  • Occupational illnesses
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental consequences of accidents
  • Amputation (rehabilitation)
  • Outcomes (predictors, rehabilitation)
  • Methodology for expert assessments
  • Prevention

Suva supports research into issues related to the Swiss social security system, in particular the Federal Accident Insurance Act (UVG).

Your contribution to the research

The research depends on analysing data about insured persons. The data for Suva's research comes from Suva's own administrative files (accident files) and from patient histories at the Bellikon and Sion rehabilitation clinics.

Data intended for research purposes is normally anonymised, so that the researchers cannot trace it back to the individual. However, certain research projects need to work with non-anonymised data. For this kind of project, explicit permission always has to be obtained from the relevant Ethics Commission. Suva has the necessary data protection policy, a Data Protection Manager and a data protection organisational structure in place, including what is required in connection with research. This ensures that the protection of your data is monitored and safeguarded. The relevant regulations can be found below:

As a patient at one of our rehabilitation clinics, you can find information about research on the Internet pages of theBellikon  and Sion clinics.

Your right to object

Your data is very valuable for research purposes. However, taking part in research and supporting it are voluntary. You can exercise your right to object at any time. If you do not wish us to make your data available, please let us know by writing to the following address with “Objection to research” in the subject line:

 

Suva General Secretary, Fluhmattstrasse 1, 6002 Lucerne, or datenschutz@suva.ch

In order to register your objection, we need the following details from you in writing: last name, first name, home address (street, house number, postcode, town), date of birth, old-age pension (AHV) number, claims number.

Exercising your right to object will have no effect on your medical care at our clinics or on the assessment of your claim for benefits.

What kind of research can be supported?

Suva engages in scientific projects to do with occupational, insurance and rehabilitation medicine, focussing on the following areas:

  • The musculoskeletal system
  • Occupational illnesses
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Mental consequences of accidents
  • Amputation (rehabilitation)
  • Outcomes (predictors, rehabilitation)
  • Methodology for expert assessments
  • Prevention

Suva supports research into issues related to the Swiss social security system, in particular the Federal Accident Insurance Act (UVG). Researchers can apply for sponsorship for scientific research projects in that context.

How do I apply for research sponsorship?

Please submit your application by 30 April, using the required form: Application for sponsorship of a research project  .

A decision on sponsorship will be made by February of the following year.

Please note the General Terms and Conditions of Business (TCB) for sponsoring research projects  .

Please submit your application and/or any queries here: forschung@suva.ch, or: Suva, Insurance Medicine, Medical Support Centre, Fluhmattstrasse 1, P.O. Box 4358, 6002 Lucerne