– 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.
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.