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Utilisation is an integrated part of the activities and mission of GPCC. Driving the transition to person-centred care in practice requires research to be taken further than simply carrying out isolated studies and publications, with new findings and development being brought to utilisation in concrete changed practice. This task is too complex for any single research group or societal institution to achieve independently, which is why GPCC assumes active responsibility as a research centre for its part in utilisation activities.

Research projects at GPCC often address issues close to practice, have clear links to stakeholder needs, and are carried out in the everyday clinical working context. This means that research outcomes are generally possible to translate into new care methods, organizational forms, tools, and other elements of the care process. There is also potential for the person-centred ethic and working process to be sustainably implemented even after the research project is concluded, if the appropriate incentives, processes and support functions are put into place as a complement to the change processes initiated in research. This doesn’t happen by itself, however, which is why the utilisation activities at GPCC focus on bridging this gap between the isolated research activity and the long-term transition to working process that build on a partnership between patients, professionals, and society as a whole. Ideally, the research at GPCC will address fundamental knowledge gaps and at the same time lay the groundwork for sustainable implementation beyond the research project.

Utilisation activities at GPCC are carried out and supported at several levels. Within research projects, awareness of utilisation potential is encouraged in the project design phase, and researchers are expected to employ a challenge-driven perspective, reflecting on and supporting long-term sustainability in research design. Sustainability is supported primarily through collaboration with stakeholders and actors who are well equipped to take on responsibility for continued utilisation after the conclusion of research projects: patient organisations, care providers, and industry. GPCC helps researchers identify these partners, and to build collaborations that enable sustainable transfer of results to those actors that can make use of them. This can involve targeted analysis of utilisation opportunities, legal and contractual support, as well as a strategic collaboration across projects. Additional project support is provided by the Research and Innovation office at the University of Gothenburg.

In addition to direct project support, GPCC also pursues central utilisation initiatives, in collaboration with relevant partners. A key initiative is the formation of GPCC Implement, a collaborative initiative to drive targeted implementation projects to help selected care providers transition to person-centred care in practice. GPCC Implement offers care providers education in person-centred care and its fundamental ethic, training in practical working processes, and support for adapting organisations, work processes, and incentives to enable person-centred practice. Other initiatives include the person-centred reference wards established at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, as a collaboration between the care sector, academia, and industry, as well as participating in specific industry-led development collaborations.

A new project which will be presented in more detail shortly is Person-centred Patient Public Private Partnership (PCP4), led by professor Håkan Billig.

For more information, please contact Tina Verolin, Utilisation and Innovation Manager on martina.verolin@gu.se.

Page Manager: Jeanette Tenggren Durkan|Last update: 3/8/2019

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