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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. In 2017, the Swedish government extended the centre’s commission for an additional five years.

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 100 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, as well as practical implementation programmes for health and care settings through a not-for-profit company; GPCC Implement.
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. Listed below are examples of findings emanating from researchers and projects linked to GPCC, as well as other researchers’ findings, evaluating and describing effects of person-centred care. Read more about these results, and find all references on our research webpage.
• Shortened hospital stay, reduced costs and higher care quality for patients with chronic heart failure.
• Improved quality of life in cancer treatment and palliative care.
• Improved quality of life for mental health patients in primary care.
• Reduced costs and improved quality of life for persons with hip fracture.
• Positive effects for dementia patients and health care staff in dementia care homes.
• Better results for acute coronary syndrome patients.
• Higher quality and reduced costs for chronic inflammatory arthritis patients.
• Better use of health care resources.
• The link between signs and symptoms.
• Remote person-centred care also works.