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GPCC's strategic focus areas

On this page you can find out more about our three strategic focus areas. At the bottom of the page, our on-going research projects are listed according to the area they primarily belong to.

1. Development, adaptation and evaluation of person-centred care

We intend to carry out empirical studies and syntheses of international research on person-centred care of significance for regional, national, international care, treatment and care guidelines. These will include explanatory models for the extent to which person-centred care is generic and can be applied to promote health and reduce ill health, as well as how they can be adapted to specific health and medical care situations and living circumstances (such as ages - children and adolescents and the elderly). Specifically, we intend to contribute with the adaptation of person-centred care to improve continuity in the care chain. We will also have a special initiative to strengthen the ability for person-centering through digitization, such as person-centred med-tech and studies focusing on how AI/Big Data can be utilized. Through this research, the implementation of person-centred care will range from physical meetings between patients and staff to digital practice and tools for person-centred care, both enitrely digital care solutions and hybrid practice that combine digital tools with personal care meetings. The implementation will also include collaboration between formal care providers and informal care and care within the family, networks and civil society.

2. Enable transitioning to person-centred health care and care

We intend to contribute with knowledge about design, implementation, impact and effects in terms of strategies for implementation of and learning about person-centred care in the health care and care establishments as well as in professional education. This research ranges from specific measures for health promotion and inclusive health care and care, to studies of the transition to person-centred care at micro, meso and macro levels. The intention is that the research will thus contribute to national, Nordic and European transition to person-centred care in both care in commonly occurring societal situations and in stressful situations (time-critical events, increased work load and deployment of reinforcement resources in for example pandemics and other extensive societal challenges).

3. Development of partnerships between patient representatives, the general public and healthcare organizations and decision-making systems

This part of the research programme is intended to provide explanations for forms of partnership with patients and the general public within healthcare organizations and what can be seen as optimal for favorable decision-making in relation to organizations' assignments. We intend to shed light on the significance that inclusion of patients' and family carers' perspectives, in addition to research-based evidence, can have for decision-making in health care. GPCC has a unique ability to implement this as we have established well-functioning forms of collaboration with national patient organizations and in that we systematically include patient and user participation in the projects.

Management of the three strategic focus areas

Each focus area is led by a researcher who is a member of the GPCC's Steering Committee together with an additional researcher and one or more of the advisors (more information about these persons is available on the web page GPCC's organisation). Additional researchers associated with the management of the focus areas are recruited from researchers active within the GPCC.

Strategic research focus



Development, adaptation and evaluation of person-centred care

Hanna Gyllensten

Tomas Lindroth

Philip Moons

Richard Sawatzky

Enable transitioning to person-centred health care and care


Mari Lundberg

Ulf Petrusson

Lars Wallin

David Edvardsson

Development of partnerships between patient representatives, the general public and healthcare organizations and decision-making systems

Axel Wolf

Jana Bergholtz

Maria Santana

List of research projects sorted by focus area

With links to the projects' pages.

1. Development, adaptation and evaluation of person-centred care:

Conversation with the patient about life in connection with serious illness

Development and application of a standardized follow-up model for people after stroke, using the Post-stroke checklist

Development and testing of an observation-based method to assess person-centred care

Digital home monitoring after lung transplantation

EAPER-P Early, accessible, person-centred rehabilitation for people with long-term pain

Effects of an Opioid Free Person-Centred Care Pathway for Patients undergoing Obesity Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Health economic aspects of person-centred care

IHOP-e - Integrating Health promotion with and for Older People-eHealth*

Implementation and evaluation of an educational intervention in person-centred care in a midwife education program in DR Congo

Learnings from five controlled trials of person-centred care

LGBTQ persons perceptions on person-centred care on Twitter

Medicines taking – a person-centred approach

myCode - digital tools for emotional support during and after cancer treatment on young adults’ terms

MOSAIC – a Rasch analysed item bank to measure person-centred care

PAS-SAP – My Pain Survey – for support and partnership

Perhit - PERson-centredness in hypertension management using information technology

Person-centred Care and Disasters

Person-centred care as an evolving field of research: A mixed-methods systematic review project

PicPecc – Pictorial support in person-centred care for children

PROMISE - Person-centred care via e-Health for people with mental illness

PROTECT - Person-centred care at a distance*

Stepstones-DIAB: Transitional care models for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes

Support for a Person-centred Care Toolbox

The Gothenburg Pituitary Tumour Study (The GoPT-study)

Young adult survivors of childhood cancer - through the lens of a person-centred approach

2. Enable transitioning to person-centred health care and care:

Connecting macro, meso and micro levels to develop person-centred care

FaciLitating Implementation of Person-Centred Care - the FLIP-project

Implementation of person-centred care in the health profession university degree courses in Sweden

IMPROVE: Implementing person centred care – Process evaluation of strategies, leadership and health economy

Myths and conceptions about person-centred care

Legal governance to enable person-centred care

Person-centred care in European countries – stakeholders, practitioners and researchers' perspectives

PCC@Work – A person-centred approach to health and social care: how does it affect staff’s work-related health and job satisfaction?

The PCC game and the online education programme Mutual Meetings - development and impact

Transition towards person-centred care – evaluation of a leadership program

Stepstones-Implement – Transfer from pediatric to adult care. Implementation of a person-centered transition program for adolescents with long-term conditions

3. Development of partnerships between patient representatives, the general public and healthcare organizations and decision-making systems:

Certification opportunities of standard for patient participation in healthcare

Collaboration to reduce involuntary loneliness in older citizens

Foresight! Person-centred Health and Care

Connecting macro, meso and micro levels to develop person-centred care

More home dialysis for health, quality of life and cost containment through a person-centred approach

Patient and public involvement in health care: A systematic mapping

Swedes view on personcenteredness in Swedish health care