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ULRIKA WESTERLING - Healthcare centers for elderly people, an evaluation of care for elderly people in primary health care

PhD project participating in the National Research School in General Medicine.

There is an increasing number of old people in the world. It is a challenge for the health care system of today to meet old peoples´ complex needs and with the growing number the challenge will be even larger.

PhD Student

Ulrika Westerling
PhD Student, Örebro University

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2019-10-01

Project description

In Sweden several healthcare centers for elderly and geriatric primary care teams have been established and modified to each setting. The purpose is that elderly should be able to continue to live in their own homes with obtained life quality.


To evaluate the care of frail elderly with declining health by introducing a healthcare center for elderly at Kumla healthcare center.


  1. To explore the needs and experiences of elderly people regarding healthcare centers for elderly.
  2. To evaluate the effect of morbidity and mortality after the set-up of a healthcare center for elderly.
  3. To explore informal carers´ experiences and need of support from healthcare centers for elderly.


  1. Qualitative content analysis with phenomenological approach. Individual interviews with elderly.
  2. Register study with a descriptive and comparing approach. Total survey of mortality and morbidity within persons aged 75 or older at Kumla community during the period 20141201-181131.
  3. Qualitative content analysis, focus group discussions with informal carers.

There is a lack of scientific evidence of healthcare centers for elderly and the benefit compared to ordinary primary care is unknown.

University affiliation

Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Sweden

Main supervisor

Professor Liselotte Hermansson

Latest update: 2022-12-13