Person-centred healthcare research
Person-centred healthcare research is research taking the needs and values of the individual person as point of departure, it be on individual, interdisciplinary or organizational and systems level.
Person-centred values and principles – like respect, autonomy, participation, justice, dignity, trust and patient safety and rights – are central to healthcare practice and policy. However, the fundamental principles of person-centeredness are constantly under pressure, due to a series of factors, like demography, organizational changes, implementation of ICT and a constant drive to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the healthcare services. In this perspective, the aim of the PhD-program is to qualify for top-level research on different aspects of what the realization of person-centred principles and values in healthcare presupposes and implies.
Who can apply?
The primary target group of the PhD program is candidates with projects on different levels concerning persons with long-term health needs and/or complex health conditions, like elders, persons with mental health or substance abuse problems, and younger persons with long-term conditions like dementia, visual impairment, stroke, chronic pain or diabetes.
We have agreements with four different institutions in Sweden, Lithuania, the U.K, and the U.S. which are especially relevant and designed for PhD cooperation at Faculty of Health Sciences. These institutions are chosen because there already were joint research projects in place and exchange of staff members. These institutions are:
- University of Ulster, UK, Institute of Nursing Research
- Yale University, U.S., School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
- Örebro University, Sweden, Department of Health Sciences and Medicine
- Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania, Medical Academy
- University of Washington, U.S., Department of Ophtamology