Study title
Knowledge and attitude of the Swiss population towards human research and its regulations
Ref study 13187
Study language German
Contributing institutions
  • Humanforschung
  • Forschung am Menschen
  • medizinische Forschung
Geographical space
  • Switzerland
The aim of the study is to determine thelevel of knowledge and attitudes with regard to human research and human research law, as well as their willingness to participate in studies in the field of human research. The goal is to show whether the population feels protected by the Human Research Act and whether the information provided to the public is sufficient. For this purpose, FORS was mandated by the Human Research and Ethics Section of the Federal Office of Public Health to interview around 2,000 people living in Switzerland.
For a summary of the results, please read the final report (report in German, management summary in English, German, French and Italian, see documents)
Methods (description)
Survey of 1,983 persons. The survey was based on a random sample of the resident population in Switzerland aged 18 and over living in private households. The sample was drawn by the Federal Statistical Office from the sampling frame for surveys of persons and households. The questionnaire could be completed online or on paper. For the analysis, the data was weighted according to some sociodemographic characteristics (gender, age, citizenship and region of residence).
Methods (instruments)
  • Standardised interviews
Replicated study No
Financed by

Mandating institution(s)
  • Eidg. Departement des Innern - EDI, Bundesamt für Gesundheit - BAG, Koordinationsstelle Forschung am Menschen - kofam, Schwarzenburgstrasse 157, 3003 Bern
Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 16.10.2018
Date modified 31.10.2018
Start - End date 11.10.2017 - 10.10.2018