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Person Council for Patients and Relatives/Carers

The GPCC Person Council for patients and carers consists of a group of persons with many years of personal experiences of Swedish health care, either as patients and/or relatives/carers (or both). The aim of this Council is to validate GPCCs activities and research from a patient and/or relative/carer perspective, as well as receive the council members input, and to co-create ideas, content and activities related to person-centred care. Information about the Person Council.


Senior Professor Inger Ekman, former GPCC Centre Director, chaired CostCares, a COST Action which involved 28 European countries that aimed to design, evaluate and secure financing for different healthcare systems, and to test person-centred care in different countries in Europe with different health care systems.

The aim of the experimental healthcare systems was to generate data on how future healthcare should be developed to deliver high quality care and at the same time be affordable for individuals and society. Information about the CostCares project, results and links.

We Care

CostCares is a continuation of the We Care project, which was also chaired by Inger Ekman. The aim for We Care was to formulate a plan for how research and innovation in healthcare can contribute to high quality care and reduced healthcare costs.

The project resulted in a document called We Care Strategy Plan and R&D Roadmap. Information about this was published in The Lancet and BMJ. Information about the We Care project, and links to the Roadmap document and articles.

Person-centred Patient-Public-Private Partnership PCP4: Testbeds for person-centred care

PCP4 is a collaboration platform for person-centred partnership in Sweden. Within the platform, research, education and implementation will be organised and institutionalised in collaboration between universities, patients, healthcare decision-makers, staff and the business community. Information about PCP4.

South Africa – Sweden University Forum (SASUF)

Researchers from GPCC are collaborating with researchers in South Africa in a project that will help children communicate symptoms from their own perspective. The purpose is to facilitate person-centred care. This collaboration takes place within the framework of South Africa – Sweden University Forum (SASUF). SASUF started in 2018 as a strategic internationalisation project with the overall aim of strengthening the ties between Sweden and South Africa in research, education and innovation. Information about GPCC's collaboration with South Africa.

The International Community of Practice for Person-centred Practice (PcP ICoP) 

PcP ICoP is an international community, mainly of academics who are interested in advancing knowledge in the field of person-centred practice. Note here that ‘practice’ is taken as being in any field: care, education, research, management, policy and so on. The ICoP is hosted by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and co-ordinated by Professor Brendan McCormack. Information about ICoP.