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Advancing person-centred care: From philosophy of the person to practice (invited key note speaker)

Conference contribution
Authors Joakim Öhlen
Published in The 6th Biannual Spirituality in Health Conference “Inspiring Person-centredness: a call to action”, Providence Health Care and Trinity Western University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 8-10.
Publication year 2019
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Language en
Subject categories Health Sciences, Nursing


To person-centre healthcare is today considered an important core competence for all health professionals. However, it is common that professionals find themselves already practicing care focusing on patients as persons, while patients and family members report that the care received lack person-centeredness. This talk will present a view of person-centred care as a possible and radical alternative principle for practicing and organizing healthcare, without claiming to offer a solution to all challenges in healthcare. Theoretical underpinnings of the ‘person’ will be taken from philosophical perspectives of the ‘person’, including the work of Paul Ricoeur. Examples of practical applications and results will be taken from the development at the Centre for Person-Centred Care at the University of Gothenburg.

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