STRAIN 2.0 – Work-related stress among health professionals in Switzerland

STRAIN 2.0 is a national research project focused on workplace stress in the health professions. It offers health organisations the opportunity to regularly survey stressors, reactions to stressors and possible long-term consequences.


  • Lead school School of Health Professions
  • Additional schools Business School
  • Institute Nursing
  • Research unit Field of Innovation – Healthcare Personnel Skills and Development
  • Funding organisation Others
  • Duration (planned) 01.02.2022 - 31.12.2024
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Karin Anne Peter
  • Head of project Maisa Gerlach
  • Keywords work related stress, health professions


STRAIN 2.0 is a follow-up project from the national STRAIN intervention study. The STRAIN project was carried out from 2017 to 2021. Over 160 health organisations participated in the study and evidence-based recommendations were developed. More information regarding the STRAIN project can be found as follows: STRAIN 2.0 offers the possibility for other interested health organisations in Switzerland to participate, in order to evaluate their working conditions and identify areas for optimisation. STRAIN 2.0 is conducted in all national languages by the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), and operates in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) and the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). The aim of STRAIN 2.0 is the regular recording of central stressors and their effects on employees. This regular recording enables the changes between the various measurement points to become apparent. Organisations then receive concrete indications to optimise their organisation-specific framework conditions. Consequently, their attractiveness as an employer is improved and unnecessary staff fluctuations are reduced. STRAIN2.0 also aims to create a nationwide and up-to-date database on stress in the workplace among the health professions. This will identify optimisation opportunities at national level and contribute to an overall increase in the attractiveness of the health professions.

Course of action

The STRAIN 2.0 study is conducted utilising a longitudinal design, whereby participating healthcare organisations are free to choose the appropriate time for data collection. They can also choose between different versions (short, medium, long) of the validated and reliable STRAIN questionnaire. The existing data pool of the STRAIN study (over 19,000 participants) from different areas, disciplines and language regions of the Swiss healthcare system, as well as from the new data collected each year, also offers participating organisations the possibility for sound benchmarking. In STRAIN 2.0, the evidence-based STRAIN recommendations with measures to reduce stress and optimise the framework conditions, are also regularly updated with the latest findings.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 3: Accès à la santé