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Person-centred inpatient care - A quasi-experimental study in an internal medicine context.

Journal article
Authors Sofie Jakobsson
Björn Eliasson
Eva Andersson
Gudmundur Johannsson
Gisela Ringström
Magnus Simrén
Eva Jakobsson Ung
Published in Journal of advanced nursing
Volume 75
Issue 8
Pages 1678-1689
ISSN 1365-2648
Publication year 2019
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 1678-1689
Language en
Subject categories Nursing


The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of person-centred inpatient care on care processes in terms of satisfaction with care and person-centred content in medical records, and to evaluate effects on self-reported health and self-efficacy.Internal medicine inpatient care is complex, covering patients varying in age, medical conditions, health status, and other aspects. There has been limited research on the impact of person-centred care (PCC) on satisfaction with care and health outcomes in internal medicine care environments regardless of diagnosis and care pathway.A quasi-experimental study with pre- and postmeasurements.Adult patients admitted to an internal medicine inpatient unit were consecutively included over 16 weeks in 2014 and 24 weeks in 2015-2016. Data were collected before a person-centred inpatient care intervention (N = 204) and 12 months after the intervention was implemented (N = 177). Data on satisfaction with care and self-reported health were collected at discharge and medical records were reviewed. The intervention included systematically applied person-centred assessment, health plans, and persistent PCC.After the intervention, patients rated higher satisfaction with care regarding essential components of PCC and more patients had received effective pain relief. There were no differences in information on self-care or medications, self-rated health, or self-efficacy.Care focused on the foundations of person-centredness seems to enhance both patients' perceptions of satisfaction and symptom management. Situational aspects such as care pathways should be considered when implementing person-centred inpatient care.CLINICALTRIALS.NCT03725813.

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