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How person-centred care is translated from theory into practice: results and workshop


Researchers from The University of Exeter and The University of Gothenburg have looked into how the concept of person-centred care is interpreted and implemented in research studies at The University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care – GPCC. Results from this study have now been published and a workshop is planned for the spring.

 The implementation of person-centred care as defined by GPCC* has been explored since 2013, in collaboration between The University of Exeter and the University of Gothenburg research centres GPCC and The Learning and Media Technology Studio - LETStudio, under the leadership of Professor Nicky Britten.

The aim of this collaborative effort is to deepen our understanding of person-centred care as defined by GPCC by examining its implementation in a range of clinical and community based research projects funded by GPCC. To this date, over 55 interviews have been performed with patients, researchers and practitioners who have all worked with person-centred care as defined by GPCC.

Professor Nicky BrittenProfessor Nicky Britten outlines the main findings of the study.
- This research has provided a deeper understanding of the nature of PCC and how it differs from usual care in a range of setting. Recognising the person is as important as the specific routines. We have articulated a range of barriers and facilitators to PCC which include organisational factors, leadership, traditional practices and the attitudes of professionals. We have also shown how the recognition of persons as unique and capable varies significantly across health care settings.

Three articles published, three more to come

The research team has published three out of six articles in scientific journals, of which two are open access, see below. The group is planning to publish a further three articles in 2017, this time exploring patients’ perspectives.

Open workshop/seminar in the spring

The research team is also planning a workshop/seminar on April 25th 2017 at Gothenburg University/Sahlgrenska Academy to further discuss and disseminate the results of this research. This workshop is open to anyone who is interested in attending. 

Published articles and links

• Britten, N., Moore, L., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, O., Elam, M., & Wolf, A. (2016). Elaboration of the Gothenburg model of person‐centred care. Health Expectations. Open Access – click here.

• Moore, L., Britten, N., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö., Elam, M., & Wolf, A. (2016). Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of person‐centred care in different healthcare contexts. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Open Access – click here.

• Naldemirci, Ö., Lydahl, D., Britten, N., Elam, M., Moore, L., & Wolf, A. (2016). Tenacious assumptions of person-centred care? Exploring tensions and variations in practice. Health:, 1363459316677627. Link to abstract. 

For information on the project, please contact the Project Co-ordinator Axel Wolf:


* Person-centred care as defined by GPCC consists of three cornerstones:

The central aspect of person-centred care is the partnership, which is centred on mutual respect of each other’s expertise. The patient has expertise arising from living with their condition; and the professional has expertise arising from their training and clinical experience.

Narrative. The prerequisite for person-centred care is the patient’s narrative or story, which the professional needs to acquire by careful listening and then record in a care or health plan.

Documentation. After a mutual agreement has been reached, it must be documented in the patient’s journal in the shape of a care or health plan, ensuring that the care is carried out and reviewed as planned.