Study wellbeing in patients receiving home care

Mobile home care is a care model developed in Skaraborg and is considered to be a national model. In the research project "Mobile home care in Skaraborg", researchers will study how patients and family members experience mobile home care.

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The care model "Mobile home care" was developed in Skaraborg in a close collaboration between the municipalities and the region. Mobile care started out on a small scale in 2008, and in 2013 it was implemented throughout Skaraborg. The following year, the care model was implemented in the entire Västra Götaland region. This model for home care is considered to be a role model nationally.

Doctors and health care staff work together in teams.

Mobile home care has three components, and it is third component, Mobile home doctor, that will be studied in the research project "Mobile home care in Skaraborg". The project was recently granted funds of 2.8 million to study "Simpler and better solutions for complex issues in healthcare" from the Kamprad Family Foundation. The funds will be used for further studies on what it is like to receive mobile home care, where a home care doctor from your health centre works in a team with nurses, health care staff and rehab staff in the municipality's home care program.

Measuring the feeling of well-being experienced

Before patients receive a home care doctor, they and their family members will be interviewed, and they will answer surveys where they will rate their feeling of well-being and to what extent they feel like they are being treated in a home-like setting. This will be done continuously throughout the study to measure any changes in their experiences. One study has already been conducted concerning patient's and family members' experiences of home care. Doctors and nurses have also been interviewed about what it is like to provide patients in a mobile home care programme. There are some preliminary results in the study that indicate that the patients feel safe in this care model.

Cross-border care

The aim of the project is to create an understanding for the effect the care model has on the well-being of patients and their family members over time. There is a risk that the patients experience a kind of intrusion on their privacy when the health care staff come into their homes. You may even feel like you have lost your sense of it being your home. That is why it is important to study how patients experience well-being and home in this care model.

We will also study to what extent patients and family members experience that they can be part of the process and influence how the care is performed and developed. The idea is to study whether this care model meets the goal of creating a cross-border care. Our goal is to make it seamless.

- The results from the study will be shared regionally, nationally, and internationally. We hope to contribute to a development of health care in a positive way. It is all abuot health, quality of life, and the feeling of having a purpose, says project manager Catharina Gillsjö.

Three years' duration

The project is a joint effort and includes Vårdsamverkan Skaraborg. It will be launched in January 2020 and will run for three years. We are going to start the recruiting phase for a PhD-student shortly. Catharina Gillsjö and Jenny Hallgren, Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Skövde, work togehter in this project. Parts of the study is carried out in collaboration with researchers form the University of Rhode Island in the United States.