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Inger Ekman


Inger Ekman

+46 31 786 6014

Room number: 1327
Postal Address: Box 457, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Arvid wallgrens backe hus 1 o 2 , 41346 Göteborg

Institute of Health and Care Sciences (More Information)
Box 457
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 6050
Visiting Address: Arvid Wallgrens backe hus 1 O 2 , 413 46 Göteborg

About Inger Ekman

About Inger Ekman
Inger Ekman was awarded a PhD degree at Umeå University in 1999. In 2007, she was appointed full professor of Care Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. During the period 2006-2010, she was Head of Institute of the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, and 2010-2012 she was Vice Dean at the Sahlgrenska Academy (The University of Gothenburg Medical Faculty). Since 2010, Inger Ekman is also the Director of the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care - GPCC (www.gpcc.gu.se).

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' 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 health professionals´ perceive and manage 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, which also involves organizational research.

Inger Ekman has had in excess of 120 articles published in scientific journals.

Research group
The main objective of GPCC, which Inger Ekman is the Director of, is to support and implement research within the area of person-centred care. GPCC is built on a large governmental grant (15 million Euro) involving about 30 multidisciplinary research groups for example care sciences, medicine, pedagogics and economics. Inger’s research which, in addition to government funding, has received grants from a number of major charities, is concerned with how patients experience their condition, treatment and care, as well as evaluation of person-centred care. A number of her controlled studies have shown positive results of person-centred care. Read more about GPCC on the centre's webpage www.gpcc.gu.se .

Ekman is also since 2016 the coordinator of COST CARES (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15222 ), a European initiative, involving 28 countries, which tests the implementation of person-centred care and health promotion within the frame of cost containment with maintained or improved quality of care using testbeds in five countries. Inger also co-ordinated this project’s precursor We Care, in which European key players from academy, health care, business, patient organisations and politics developed a R & I road map on which the current project is based.

Educational activities
Lecturer and examiner in PhD level course “The concept ”Person” and person-centred care – philosophical foundation “ at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Frequent lecturer at major national and international conferences and implementation of person-centred care programmes in health care settings.

Clinical activity
Clinical research and member of Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra Steering Group, and supports the implementation in Person-centred care at the whole of Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Key Words
Personcentred care, person-centred care, heart failure, patient involvement, shared decision making, collaboration, team work

Latest publications

Inger Ekman
European heart journal, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Person-centred care in clinical assessment
S. Wallstrom, Inger Ekman
Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Sjuksköterskor bör ges chans till forskning
Ami Homel, Johanna Ulfvarson, BH Rasmussen, IK Hallström, Albert Westergren et al.
Svenska Dagbladet, Newspaper article 2018
Newspaper article

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An intervention aimed at reducing uncertainty in elderly people with chronic heart failure
Inger Ekman, A Norberg, B Lundman
International Journal for Human Caring, Journal article 2000
Journal article


Being old and living with severe chronic heart failure : patients' experiences and evaluation of a caring intervention
Inger Ekman
Umeå , Umeå University medical dissertations, Doctoral thesis 1999
Doctoral thesis

The meaning of hospital care as narrated by elderly patients with chronic heart failure
Inger Ekman, B Lundman, A Norberg
Heart & Lung, Journal article 1999
Journal article


Feasibility of a nurse-monitored outpatient-care programme for elderly patients with moderate-to-severe, chronic heart failure
Inger Ekman, Björn Andersson, M Ehnfors, Göran Matejka, Björn Persson et al.
European Heart Journal, Journal article 1998
Journal article


Development of a care program for patients suffering from chronic heart failure
Inger Ekman, M Ehnfors, Astrid Norberg
Second European Conference on Nursing Diagnoses and Interventions. 18-20 May 1995. , Conference paper 1995
Conference paper

Deputed power of medical control: the hidden message in the ritual of oral shift reports
Inger Ekman, K Segesten
Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal article 1995
Journal article

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