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GPCC welcomes Visiting Professor Nicky Britten who is going to do research on person-centred care and the use of medicines


Professor Nicky BrittenWe are honoured to welcome Nicky Britten, Professor of Applied Health Care Research and NIHR PenCLAHRC Theme Lead for Person-centred Care from The University of Exeter Medical School to The University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care. Professor Britten is employed as Visiting Professor by The Institute for Health and Care Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy/The University of Gothenburg. She took up her position on 1st August 2018, and will be working 20% of FT in this role.

Professor Britten, what are you going to be working on during your time as a Visiting Professor at GPCC?
I plan to develop a programme of research with GPCC researchers about person-centred care and the use of medicines. This will build on the expertise in person-centred care of colleagues in Gothenburg and elsewhere. It will focus initially on partnerships between patients and professionals to help people to manage their medicines in which professionals actively engage with actual medicine use in the home. It will build on the concept of person-centred pharmaceutical care. We will explore the person-centred concept of treatment burden and how it might be used as an outcome measure for this work.

What specialist skills and competences will you bring to GPCC?
My own expertise is in several areas. I have a long standing interest in patients’ use of medicines, prescribing and patient-doctor communication about medicines with many publications in this field including a book (Britten N., Medicines and Society: patients, professionals and the dominance of pharmaceuticals, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

I am a qualitative researcher and have contributed to the development of meta-ethnography which is a method for synthesising qualitative research. This includes a well-cited meta-ethnography about patients’ use of medicines (Pound et al, Resisting medicines: a synthesis of qualitative studies of medicine taking. Social Science and Medicine; 61: 133-155, 2005). I also lead a Patient and Public Involvement team (Liabo et al, Clarifying the roles of patients in research, British Medical Journal; 361: k1463, 2018). Within PenCLAHRC I am the Theme Lead for Person-centred Care.

You have already led one research project at GPCC, and one of the articles to come out of that project, Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of person-centred care in different healthcare contexts, has just been named one of the journal’s top 20 downloaded for 2017. What do you think has made the article so popular?
It is hard for me to say why it is so popular but possibly it is because it is based on the actual experiences of GPCC researchers and professionals who are implementing an evidence based framework of person-centred care. It may also be that researchers in Scandinavia feel that a framework developed in Sweden has greater relevance for them than frameworks developed elsewhere (though of course I do not know if the people downloading the paper are based in Scandinavia despite the title of the journal).

Read more about Professor Britten on:
Her profile on ResearchGate 
Her personal Web Page