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Gothenburg becomes a centre for care research


Reduced suffering, increased patient satisfaction, and more effective care. These are the objectives for the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), inaugurated today by Göran Hägglund, the Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs.

Around 100 researchers from various disciplines have come together recruited to establish a national centre of excellence for care research with an emphasis on person-centred care in long-term illnesses.

The new centre is a part of the Swedish government's strategic investment in outstanding research environments. The University of Gothenburg has a strong tradition of research within the field of care sciences, which in the last decade alone has generated more than 35 theses on the subject. The University of Gothenburg now has the opportunity to gain further knowledge in the field through excellent person-centred research, which could contribute to improved care, with the person, the patient, taking an active role in the care process. The vision is to reduce suffering, increase patient satisfaction, and make care more effective.

Care centred around the individual

"Person-centred care focuses on the individual, not the illness, and starts with the patient's experiences of his or her situation. By listening to the patient's views rather than limiting efforts to samples and tests, we can deliver more personal care as well as understand behaviours and symptoms from the individual patient's perspective," says Inger Ekman, a professor in nursing and Centre Director of the Centre for Person-Centred Care at the University of Gothenburg.

One example of what can be achieved with a person-centred perspective is shown in a study of elderly patients with a fractured hip. Person-centred teamwork on the ward, where staff received support in using simple means to involve the patient in rehabilitation, halved the number of care days compared with the control group.
Research into person-centred care is now being planned within the fields of, for example, care organisation and its practical applications, and IT-supported health services.

Research leading to world-class care

GPCC now comprises researchers from a large number of faculties at the University of Gothenburg. These include educationalists, business economists, organisational researchers, linguists, medical students, doctors, lawyers, nurses, and cultural experts. The research focuses on three main areas: Health Care Organisation (inpatient care, primary care, municipal care), Informatics and Learning, and Symptoms and Signs.
In addition to clinical research, there is always the issue of putting theory into practice to consider. This ensures that research can be given practical applications with the aim of contributing to evidence-based, sustainable changes in care. CIP Professional Services, at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, plays an important role in this process.

For more information, please contact:
Susanne Björklund, Press Officer, GPCC, Tel.: +46 (0)766-18 60 34

Summary about the Centre for Person-Centred Care at the University of Gothenburg:
GPCC (University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care) is a multidisciplinary research centre that comprises around 100 researchers. The overriding objective is to support and implement research within the field of person-centred care.
Based at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, GPCC is a unique endeavour to advance clinical patient-centred research.