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Sarah Vilpert

sarah_vilpert-1017 Researcher
MA in demography and sociology
Office 5423
+41 (0)21 692 37 67
Languages: French, English, German, Italian


Sarah Vilpert graduated in sociology and demography at the University of Geneva. Before spending five years as project leader at the Swiss Health Observatory, she was a research assistant at the Geneva University Hospitals. In 2014, she joined the Swiss operator team of the SHARE Survey and started a PhD at the University of Lausanne.


Sarah Vilpert is interested in population ageing and related issues in health and health services utilization. Her professional experience has led her to work on various health topics: linguistic and cultural barriers in healthcare settings, mortality, medical demography, harmful health behaviour and emergency department visits of elderly adults. She is currently studying end of life preferences, knowledge and decisions of elderly people in Switzerland by using SHARE data.



Vilpert, S. et al. 2013. Emergency department use by oldest-old patients from 2005 to 2010 in a Swiss university hospital, BMC Health Services Research, 13:344 (link).

Vilpert, S. (2013). Consultations dans un service d’urgence en Suisse, Obsan Bulletin 3/2013 (link).


Vilpert, S. 2012. Médecins de premier recours – Situation en Suisse et comparaison internationale. Analyse de l’International Health Policy Survey 2012 du Commonwealth Fund, Obsan Dossier 22 (link).


Schumacher R., and S. Vilpert. 2011. Gender differences in social mortality differentials in Switzerland (1990-2005), Demographic Research, volume 25, article 8, pages 285-310 (link).

Observatoire suisse de la santé (2011). Consommation de substances: alcool, tabac et cannabis in « La santé en Suisse latine », Obsan Rapport 48, pages 81-112 (link).


Vilpert, S. and P. Hudelson, 2010. Paroles de migrants : des expériences de santé dans le système de soins genevois, Hôpitaux Universitaire de Genève (link).


Hudelson P., and S. Vilpert. 2009. Overcoming language barriers with foreign-language speaking patients: a survey to investigate intra-hospital variation in attitudes and practices, BMC Health Services Research, 9:187 (link).