Through the lens of work-integrated learning: Staff experiences of participating in person-centredness coach training in a Swedish hospital

Catrin E. Alverbratt, Charlotte T. Almkvist Hall


Background/Objective: Over the past decade, many scientific articles have focused on the importance of person-centred care (or person centredness) in the health care sector. In practice, however, person centredness is difficult to operationalise. Thus, the role of “person-centredness coach” was created in a Swedish hospital to provide information, education, and reflection on person centredness. The aim was to describe this new role of a person-centeredness coach, and how the coaches experienced the development of a person-centred working method.

Methods: Qualitative semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with nine nursing staff. The data were analysed using inductive content analysis.

Results: The analysis resulted in three categories with seven subcategories: an eye opener (with the subcategories of a welcome change and person centredness throughout the organisation); an obstacle with potential (with the subcategories of theoretical vs. practical development of person centredness, difficulties in developing person centredness and proposals for promoting patient participation); and a challenging role (with the subcategories of necessary but a role that takes a long time to develop and the importance of favourable conditions).

Conclusions: The person-centredness coaches believed that the person-centred approach was important and that it should be the foundation of all care work within health care but, despite this, had difficulty in integrating person centredness into their practice. The person-centredness coaches found the coach training rewarding. They perceived that, from a learning perspective and through the lens of work-integrated learning, the results could be related to creating praxis, which may be seen as a development area for further research in operationalising person centredness.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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