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Inger Ekman

RN, PhD, Professor, Director of University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC)

Inger Ekman was awarded a PhD degree at Umeå University in 1999. Her doctoral thesis Being old and living with severe chronic heart failure. Patients’ experiences and evaluation of a care intervention is an evaluation of a disease management program (follow-up, support and education) of patients with chronic heart failure. In 2007, Inger Ekman was appointed full professor in Care Science at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. During the period 2006-2010, Inger Ekman was head of Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy.

Inger Ekman's research focuses on communication and symptoms in patients with long term illness, and evaluation of person-centred care interventions.

1. The communication part concerns patients' or persons' view upon their condition and treatment. Her studies in relation to this are descriptive and interventional studies on adherence, concordance and evaluation of how patients and nurses are on their view on the information provided on prescribed treatment.
2. The studies on symptoms are explorative (what words do patients use to describe worsening in their chronic condition), predictive (patients' self-reported symptoms predict worsening) and interventional (e.g effects of deep and slow breathing on dyspnea in chronic heart failure).
3. The two research lines described above have fused into a broader research program, Person-centred care, involving also organisational research. How can care for people with chronic illness be systematically organized to be individualized optimally

In June 2009, the research councils in Sweden announced the research programs recommended for funding within 20 strategic research areas. The program Toward Person-Centered Care in Long-term Illness: A Research Core Center whose coordinator and principal investigator is prof. Ekman was recommended for funding under the strategic research area Care Sciences.

Since 1 January 2010, Inger Ekman is the Director of the newly established University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC) whose main objective is to support and implement research within the research area person-centred care. GPCC is funded by the Swedish Government’s investment in the strategic research area Care Sciences and co-funded by the University of Gothenburg. Read more about GPCC on the centre's webpage.

Link to publication list

Article in BMJ:http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h160

Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GujgBfnbTfU  

Inger Ekman

Contact Information

Inger Ekman, professor

Box 457, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Arvid Wallgrens Backe, Göteborg

+46-31-786 60 14

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