Inger Ekman

RN, PhD, Senior professor, FESC, FAAN


  • Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden,
  • University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC), Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden,
  • Department of Medicine, Geriatrics and Emergency Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Gothenburg, Sweden

Perfect timing to attend a conference on person-centred care!

The application of person-centred care in clinical trials has yielded positive results, including improved quality of care and reduced costs. As a result, politicians and managers are increasingly promoting the adoption of this approach. However, evidence shows that many patients express lower satisfaction levels with their care. These divergent results prompt professionals to contemplate the fundamental aspects of person-centred care and its optimal execution. The establishment of a collaborative and respectful alliance, rather than a display of authority is essential, but remains difficult due to the prevailing culture within the health care field. The relationship between patients and professionals is one of partnership and collaboration, as they work together to plan and deliver care in a person-centred manner. To ensure improvement of care quality, it is crucial to allocate resources towards patients, enabling them to acquire knowledge and confidence to actively participate as co-producers in care. The implementation of person-centred care also requires stakeholders and managers to empower and motivate health care personnel to acquire knowledge in practicing the ethics of person-centred care. The focus of the debate must shift from the need to implement person-centred care to discussing delivery methods and the components to be included in the package.

Inger Ekman is the former director and founder of the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC) www.gpcc.gu.se. Over eight years, she held the position of head of the Institute of Health and Care Sciences. Additionally, she has served as vice dean at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. Between 2013 and 2015, she coordinated a 7th FP EU project, resulting in a roadmap for future health care in Europe. From 2016 – 2020, she was the coordinator for COSTCARES, a European initiative focused on evaluating person-centred care, with 28 partner countries. Inger holds the title of Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), in addition to being the recipient of the Sigma Teta Tau European Nursing Recognition Award and the Carl-Axel Palm Research Award. The primary focus of her research has been on controlled studies evaluating interventions for person-centred care. She has approximately 170 publications in scientific journals. Currently, she is the primary investigator in a randomized controlled trial that assesses remote person-centred care in frail elderly.