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The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Patients help shape clinical research

For patients

The success of clinical research in Switzerland is dependent not only on the goodwill of patients but also increasingly on their active involvement. Because in fact, the real experts on diseases are the patients themselves. Through their experience with a disease or condition, patients know best what matters most to them. By sharing this specific knowledge, they can contribute to the quality, appropriateness, relevance, and credibility of clinical research.

Access to knowledge and training instruments

In order for patients to be able to competently bring their perspective into the design and conduct of clinical trials, they need access to related education opportunities and objective, scientifically reliable information that is easy to understand. Involving well-trained patients in clinical research can improve study design and outcomes.

The SCTO strives to provide support and a platform for people who are affected by clinical research and who would like to become actively involved in it. That is why we make a point of including the voice of patients and the public at events and why we participate in the European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI). EUPATI offers training, further education courses, and training tools for both patients and representatives of patient organisations. This includes a one-year expert training programme, a toolbox, and an online collection of resources. EUPATI’s National Platform in Switzerland, EUPATI CH, provides patients access to these tools and serves as the national point of contact.

Valuable partners in clinical research

We explain how patients can become more involved in clinical research and what exactly the concept of patient and public involvement (PPI) means in our PPI Fact Sheet in the PPI section of our website.

Additional links:

  • GET-IT Glossary with definitions of health research terms in plain language
  • with EUPATI's toolbox and training opportunities