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Recovery and quality improvement in person-centered health care


Research group: Recovery and quality improvement of person-centered care


The technological development of the last decades has resulted in several new effective treatment methods. As an example, a short in-hospital stay is now common praxis and recovery and treatment generally take place in the patient's own home. This in turn has generated increased demands on the patient and their relatives as well as on the primary health care and home care institutions. This development results in changes in the health care system while available financial resources remain limited. Therefore, new and innovative solutions and processes, that include patients, families and healthcare professionals, need to be identified, developed and evaluated. This in order to ensure good and safe future care.

Essential for today's health care is that it is conducted on the basis of person-centered care. Therefore patient involvement and self-reported outcome measures are of high significance. This care model allows the patient to be engaged and become involved in his or her own care, which is necessary for optimal recovery at home. The patient's status and possibility of participation are emphasised in the Swedish Patient Act (2014: 821).

The starting point of the research group is the caring science perspective. The research analyses recovery and quality improvement in the person-centered care area of pregnant women, children, adults and elderly with physical and mental illness.

Aim and vision

The research conducted within the research group is intended to contribute knowledge in areas such as recovery, instrument development, quality improvement and patient safety from a life course perspective. The aim of the research is to reduce the gap between what is known as medical evidence, so called 'Best practice' and current research results, and those methods, procedures and treatments that are actually being used in health care. In addition, methods and models for systematic quality improvement are developed and tested, where the national quality registries are important tools. The vision is for all the national quality registries to include nursing interventions and patient reported outcome measures.

Based on the above statement, the research group is conducting studies in the following areas:


  • Optimal recovery after outpatient and inpatient care. The studies are based on evidence regarding the recovery that occurs in the home after hospital treatment and/or primary health care involving the person, relatives and significant others.
  • The development of existing and new instruments as well as innovative methods for identifying, measuring and evaluating the care processes. This includes the development of clear and useful measures of intervention and research records regarding patient / person-centered measures of health / illness in somatic and psychiatric care.
  • National quality registries as the starting point for patient safety and quality improvement. This is based on different national quality registries and represents an unique opportunity to measure if and how health services provide to patients' need for a safe and secure care and treatment.
Last updated by Mathilda Hansson