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Collaboration on person-centered care

Published: 23 March 2015

The patient's own stories and experiences are in focus of person-centered care. The core is a partnership between the patient and the caregiver. Luleå University of Technology, Norrbotten County Council and the Health Professionals organized a seminar that highlights the importance of creating care where the person is in the center.

– It was a busy day and we are all interested in the same things, though in different forms. We want to interact across the county to think more person-centered in our work, says Asa Engstrom, assistant professor of nursing at Luleå University of Technology.

Partners in Health Care

Person-centered care is a step to improve the care for the patient. Patients are people who are more than their illness. The starting point is the patient's stories and experience of the situation and the individual's circumstances, resources and obstacles. The patient becomes a partner in care.

Ethics is important in the work

The day began by the organizers Asa Engstrom, Luleå University, Rose-Marie Isaksson, Norrbotten County Council and Erica Olsson, Health Professionals in Norrbotten.

Birgitta Lindberg and Malin Olsson, senior lecturers at Luleå University of Technology, had a dialogue about what it takes to perform person-centered care. They also highlighted why ethics is so important in our professions and that ethics requires knowledge, training and awareness of our humanity.

Increases the quality of care

Professor Inger Ekman from the University of Gothenburg was there to lecture on person-centered care. She emphasized several times the importance of listening to the patient and showed the difference when care is person-centered is carried out. Inger Ekman and her colleagues have shown that a person-centered approach can reduce the length of hospital stay, freeing medical staff and beds while improving quality of care.

Cooperation continues

It had gathered nearly 230 people in the hall at the county council to listen to lectures on person-centered care. Although health centers, hospitals and Luleå University was included via video connection.

– It was a very good day. Our cooperation will continue and we will meet to follow up on this day. There will certainly be more seminars in the future to develop our cooperation with the person-centered care and other important issues, says Asa Engstrom.

Åsa Engström

Åsa Engström, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 493875
Organisation: Nursing, Division of Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health Sciences
Birgitta Lindberg

Birgitta Lindberg, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493856
Organisation: Nursing, Division of Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health Sciences
Malin Olsson

Malin Olsson, Associate Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 493887
Organisation: Nursing, Division of Nursing and Medical Technology, Department of Health Sciences