Translating Person-Centred Care from Theory into Practice

Research group
Active research
Project size
Project period
2014 - ongoing
Project owner
The Institute of Health and Care Sciences

Short description

A central concern within person-centred care is the establishment of a therapeutic alliance between the patient and the healthcare professional. In this respect person-centred care requires health professionals to engage seriously with the lifeworld of the people they care for and understand the everyday life, values, goals and motivations guiding the patient as a person. Conceptually, person-centred care is a form of collaborative, respectful partnership between patients and professionals with the patient’s narrative as paramount. While academics and researchers continue to elaborate the meaning of person-centred care, there is also uncertainty about its practical implications. This uncertainty is retarding the delivery of person-centred care in everyday health care.

The project highlights the conditions and barriers to the implementation of person-centred care in different contexts (care level, professional affiliation, etc.).

Method and analysis

The study has a qualitative approach. Semi-structured interviews, focus groups, observations, journal reviews and workshops have been  conducted with a strategic selection of patients, health care professionals, research leaders, senior / junior researchers, doctoral students from projects working with the gPCC framework. The analysis aims to create a synthesis of how central interpretations and concepts in person-centred care are operationalised in practice.

Expected results

To facilitate the implementation of research into practice, transparency and understanding of the processes in progress in the various research studies is required. This project will synthesise key experiences, experiences and ideas of patients, healthcare professionals, researchers in Sweden and the UK. The research group of cutting edge knowledge and experience will be able to shed light on both the conditions and the obstacles to translating person-centred theory into practice.


Naldemirci, Ö., Britten, N., Lloyd, H., & Wolf, A. (2019). The potential and pitfalls of narrative elicitation in person‐centred care. Health Expectations.

Naldemirci, Ö., & ed. Wolf, A. (2020). Challenges and Potential of Conducting Observational Study and Developing Vignettes to Strengthen the Validity of Results.

Naldemirci, Ö., Lydahl, D., Britten, N., Elam, M., Moore, L., & Wolf, A. (2018). Tenacious assumptions of person-centred care? Exploring tensions and variations in practice. Health, 22(1), 54-71.

Naldemirci, Ö., Wolf, A., Elam, M., Lydahl, D., Moore, L., & Britten, N. (2017). Deliberate and emergent strategies for implementing person-centred care: a qualitative interview study with researchers, professionals and patients. BMC health services research, 17(1), 527

Wolf, A., Moore, L., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö., Elam, M., & Britten, N. (2017). The realities of partnership in person-centred care: a qualitative interview study with patients and professionals. BMJ open, 7(7)

Moore, L., Britten, N., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö., Elam, M., & Wolf, A. (2017). Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of person‐centred care in different healthcare contexts. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 31(4), 662-673

Britten, N., Moore, L., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, O., Elam, M., & Wolf, A. (2017). Elaboration of the Gothenburg model of person‐centred care. Health Expectations, 20(3), 407-418


Primary Investigators and Research Group leaders

Axel Wolf

Nicky Britten


Öncel Naldemiric

Helen Lloyd

Birgit Heckemann

Doris Lydahl