New method for patient involvement in health care2018-03-06
A new method for patient involvement in health care will be validated and disseminated in a new research project. The project is conducted by researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, in cooperation with the County Council of Värmland with support from Vinnova.
CTF and the County Council in Värmland, Liv have been awarded SEK 790,000 from Vinnova in order to validate and disseminate information about patient involvement through innovation groups.
“Our method is to capture and improve ideas from patients and employees on how to improve health care and make it more efficient, both from a patient and an employee perspective”, says project manager Peter Magnusson, Professor of business administration and continues:
“Research has shown that the best innovations often emerge among the users, that is, those who benefit from the innovation – in this case the patients and employees. Involving users in development work ensures that the results support the actual needs. With our method, this work becomes easier and more efficient”.
Peter Magnusson is one of the researchers behind the method developed in a previous Vinnova funded project at CTF, where he worked with patients and staff at a number of health care centers in the County of Värmland.
“Now the method will be validated by people with chronic health conditions – in this case the groups: diabetes, heart failure, asthma, and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD as well as mental illness”, says Peter Magnusson.
In order to disseminate information about the method, a digital brochure or manual will also be developed together with Liv.
The project will run during the period January 2018 to July 2019. CTF researchers Linda Bergkvist and Lars E Olsson are also participating in the project.