Illustration by Ida Björkman

Myths and conceptions about person-centred care

Research project
Active research
Project period
2022 - 2023
Project owner
The Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Short description

This project was a joint collaboration between The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) and GPCC which aimed to communicate knowledge on person-centred care in a novel and accessible way through addressing common myths surrounding the concept. In a first step we validated the occurrence of certain myths with purposefully selected participants including patient representatives, students, and health care professionals from different health and care settings. The list of myths was modified based on the results from step 1. In step 2 we reviewed the research literature to problematize the different myths. A short and vigorous alternative to each myth was formulated.

Published article and other material

Määttä, S, Björkman, I. We are not even allowed to call them patients anymore: conceptions about person-centred care. Health Expect. 2023; 1-5: doi:10.1111/hex.13887


Ida Björkman, Lecturer and Researcher, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Sylvia Määttä, Associate Professor, Region Västra Götaland.

Madeleine Beermann, The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).

Selma Wolofsky , The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR).