Person-centred care sees patients as persons who are more than their illness. Person-centred care emanates from the patient’s experience of his/her situation and his/her individual conditions, resources and restraints.
Person-centred care is a partnership between patients/carers and professional care givers. The starting point is the patient’s narrative, which is recorded in a structured manner. A mutual care plan is then created, based on the patient's narrative together with physical examinations and test results. This care plan incorporates goals and strategies for implementation and short and long term follow-up.
The Gothenburg University Centre for Person-centred Care (GPCC) is an interdisciplinary research centre, established in January 2010, with the support of the Swedish government's strategic investment in health and care research.
More than 100 national and international researchers from different fields of study come together to work on approximately 40 different studies at GPCC. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds such as Education, Philosohpy, Health Care Sciences, Medicine and Health Care Organisation.
Uniquely GPCC has evaluated the effects of person-centred care in controlled studies. This has established that person-centred care is capable of enhancing the efficiency of the care process. Apart from considerable monetary savings resulting from amongst other things shorter hospital stays, significant positive effects from a patient perspective have been seen, as care is tailored to each individual person, and his or her resources are made use of.
Sustainable health through sustainable care: To prevent and reduce suffering and strengthen the efficiency of institutional care through person-centred care.
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