University of Gothenburg

About us

GPCC is a research centre conducting clinical and applied research. GPCC was established in 2010, with support from the Swedish government's strategic investment in health and care research. The overarching objective is to support and carry out high quality research relating to person-centred care. This research aims to enhance knowledge surrounding how long term illness is experienced and handled by the individual, as well as to implement and evaluate person-centred care in practice.

Research, education and innovation for excellent care

All GPCC activities are based on the so-called knowledge triangle; meaning research, innovation and education. These activities are continuously linked, generating exchanges and knowledge feeding the activities further.

More than 200 national and international researchers, from varying fields of study, have joined forces to form a national centre of excellence in person-centred care. Health care scientists, education and pedagogical scientists, medical scientists, health economists, organisational researchers, and humanists work at the centre, engaging in world class research.

One of our missions is to spread our knowledge, by creating educational training programmes, amongst other endeavours. We develop both academic courses and courses on varying levels. Read more under the tab About our Education.

Beyond the clinical research, the aspect of innovation and utilization is considered and included on the outset. Innovations are developed, such as tools that can be used in person-centred care, elderly care, and rehabilitation. Through this, we ensure that our research can thus be practically applied, with the end goal being to contribute to an evidence-based, sustainable change within health care.

Unique research and positive results

Research conducted by GPCC has gained a lot of attention. Positive effects of person-centred care in health care have been shown. Read more under the tab About our research.

Establishment and evaluation of GPCC within the Swedish Government’s investment in strategic research areas

GPCC is a national interdisciplinary research centre that was established in 2010 with the support of the government's strategic investment in research. The Government's purpose was to invest long-term in a number of strategic research areas (SFO) to stimulate new knowledge development and excellent research environments. GPCC's application was for healthcare research under the title “Toward Person-Centred Care in Long-term Illness: A Research Core Centre”. The Swedish Research Council evaluated the governmental initiative and the GPCC received the following overall outcomes: Performance: Good; Strategy: Excellent; and Added Value: Excellent/Good. This led to the government’s continued SFO funding, which was further strengthened through co-financing by the Vice-Chancellor at GU and external research funds.