Person-centered care is a model for health care that involves a biopsychosocial approach on health (physical, psychological, and social) and the person (body, mind, and psyche; Cloninger 2004, 2013a, b) through the alliance between the one giving care and the one seeking care as equal partners. One of the main aims is to implement a process that goes beyond the diagnostic formulation of identifying a disease state or ill-health, that is, a process of total health status, including ill-being and well-being (Mezzich et al. 2016). A second main aim is to empower the person seeking care to make self-directed informed choices to promote well-being in all planes of her/his life by including her/his subjective narratives, values, and meanings of illness and health as well as personal preferences and choices in treatment and care (Wong and Cloninger 2010). A third main aim is the promotion of a working alliance in the health care process (Rogers 1946;...
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The authors declare that there are no competing interests. The views and ideas expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any agency of the Swedish government. All authors work at the Blekinge Center of Competence, which is the Blekinge County Council’s research, development, and innovation unit (http://ltblekinge.se/forskning-och-utveckling/blekinge-kompetenscentrum/). The Center works with interdisciplinary scientific research using person-centered methods to conduct community projects and the dissemination of knowledge in order to increase physical, psychological, and social health among the inhabitants of the county of Blekinge, Sweden.
The work of the Center includes a formal collaboration between the Blekinge County Council and the five municipalities in Blekinge, as well as collaboration with national (e.g., Blekinge Institute of Technology, Lund University) and international universities (e.g., Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis). The Center also includes a scientific council for the distribution of research grants. The project leaders at the Center engage in external projects in collaboration with the municipalities of Blekinge, as well as projects that focus on the development and mapping of evidence for public health practices. The Center is also a major hub for scientific projects with both national and international coverage (e.g., Rikssår, Sustainable Personal Development). The project leaders also conduct projects that focus on the development of the infrastructure of hospitals and clinics in Blekinge.
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