A study carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows that if there is an active partnership between the patient and healthcare professionals, the patient’s hospital stay can be reduced by one-third.
Person-centred care takes its starting point in the patient’s own experience of the treatment, and it begins with a healthcare plan based on the patient’s individual condition and limitations. This includes a partnership between the patient and the healthcare professional: the first is an expert in living with the illness and the latter is an expert in the illness itself. The patient’s social network is also involved in this process.Unique comparative study
‘The hospital stay was reduced by 30% compared to patients who underwent traditional care,’ says Inger Ekman, professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy and the centre’s Director.Improved daily capacity
‘It shows the difficulty of rearranging the healthcare culture since it is based on a person with an illness and not on the person’s illness alone. The biggest challenge will be to break the traditional and rigid structure of healthcare.’
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