Programme Grant Care: Addressing ethical obstacles to person-centred care in psychiatry, paediatrics and primary care

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/12/2014
End date: 30/11/2018
Funding: 19300000 SEK


This research program aims at taking a broad grip on the subject of person-centred care from the point of view of healthcare ethics. The program will focus on obstacles to person-centred care that specifically relate to values and norms. Value conflicts regarding person-centred care, both internal to person-centred care and relating to other healthcare goals, will also be investigated. Examples include conflicts in relation to treatment quality and patient safety, just prioritizations, culture, gender and discrimination, personal integrity and privacy, autonomy, patient responsibility, and the families of patients. Identifying value- and norm-related practical and principal obstacles to person-centred care is an important first step to removing such obstacles. The empirical work will focus on geriatric psychiatry, paediatric diabetes care and primary care. All three areas are underexplored and involve vulnerable patient groups. This program presents a unique opportunity to bring together a broad spectrum of competencies spanning over different areas of medicine, care, and medical ethics. The medical ethicists in the programme include academics based at five different universities across Sweden. This program will be deeply embedded in clinical practice. Some of our researchers are already involved in a multidisciplinary collaboration regarding person-centred care development relating to paediatric diabetes care in Gothenburg. In the psychiatry and primary care studies to be carried out, clinicians with expertise in their respective fields will collaborate with medical ethicists with broad experience of questionnaire-based and interview-based research, as well as on conceptual and normative analysis. There is also experience from teaching medical students person-centred care, thus connecting research and the clinical context to educational experiences in communicating insights regarding person-centred care to future clinicians, e.g. in the form of teaching.

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