The Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) is a research institute which is funded by the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPS). SPF has strengthened Switzerland’s positioning as research center since it has officially been recognized as non-university research institution by the federal government and the cantons, as well as through the creation of an endowed chair at the University of Lucerne and the Department for Health Sciences and Health Policy, located in Lucerne and Nottwil. Moreover, SPF is taking the lead with respect to rehabilitation research from a comprehensive perspective. It is one of the few institutions worldwide which unites different disciplines which are part of rehabilitation research from a comprehensive perspective under one roof.

The Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) Nottwil is a privately owned clinic, recognised nationwide, specialising in primary care and holistic rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injuries. In addition to medical and therapeutic services, it also includes advisory services, as well as research in the area of paraplegia, prevention, and so on.

The Swiss Paraplegics Association is the national umbrella organisation for spinal cord injuries (SCI) and has over 10'000 members. Approximately 55 full-time employees and 120 part-time employees as well as 1'700 volunteers and honorary members make possible the provision of a wide-range of services to members in the following departments, Wheelchair Sport Switzerland, Center for Obstacle Free Building, Culture & Leisure, Institute for Social & Legal Advice, and the Life Guidance. In regards to Holistic Rehabilitation, the Swiss Paraplegics Association, through the various departments, plays an important and leading role. It is actively engaged throughout Switzerland offering a multitude of services and support.


The Lucerne Cantonal Hospital network includes the central hospital in Lucerne, the two primary care hospitals in Sursee and Wolhusen and the Lucerne Alpine Clinic in Montana. At the Lucerne Cantonal Hospital about 5,500 members of staff are at the service of patients around the clock. The hospital treats 36,000 inpatients and 140,000 outpatients every year. The central hospital of Central Switzerland is the largest non-university hospital in the country.




The Institute of Primary and Community Care Lucerne was founded in February 2014 under the patronage of the Physicians’ Association Lucerne. Its aim is the promotion of primary care medicine and therefore the securing of junior primary care physicians in the canton of Lucerne and its regions. The institute is involved in several areas, mainly in promoting assistant doctors with interest in primary care medicine (“Office Assistance” and “Curriculum Primary Care Medicine” programs) and in research with a focus on health care services.


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